A mob in Rajasthan’s Barmer district, led by self-styled cow vigilantes, assaulted Tamil Nadu Government officials, who were part of a convoy that was transporting 50 cows and 30 calves purchased by the state’s animal husbandry department from Jaisalmer, police said, as per Indian Express report. Police have booked at least 50 persons for the attack which took place on Sunday in Barmer district. District SP Gagandeep Singla said that about seven policemen were also transferred after the incident for “not acting in time”.
Speaking to the paper, Singla described the attackers as “drunk anti-social elements”. After the incident four were arrested on Monday. After blocking the highway, the damaged the trucks, and assaulted the driver, helper and a veterinarian, said police.
The Tamil Nadu Government purchased Rajasthan’s famed Tharparkar breed for breeding under the National Agricultural Development Programme (NADP), they said. Officials, part of the convoy had all the relevant documents required for the transaction, police added . The incident has occured nearly two months after a dairy farmer Pehlu Khan was killed by a mob near Alwar for transporting cows that he had legally purchased. Police added that officers, after reaching the spot on Sunday, tried to convince the crowd othat the cows were legally purchased for breeding, but it failed to convince them. “The Tamil Nadu officials are in Jaisalmer. The cows have temporarily been put up in a local gaushala. We are making alternative arrangements for their transportation,” Singla was further quoted as saying by Indian Express.
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Tharparkar cows in Rajasthan are famous for their adaptability to arid regions and ability to provide more milk with a higher fat content. The state government in Tamil Nadu has been promoting the Tharparkar and other native breeds under its NADP initiative which was launched in 2012.