A truck was set on fire allegedly led by Bajrang Dal and Viswa Hindu Parishad (VHP) activists along with some locals. It was caught, allegedly carrying beef, when after it met with an accident and overturned at Randa under Golanthara police here in Ganjam district today.
The truck was heading towards Andhra Pradesh but met with an accident. Locals around found meat in the truck when lifted by the crane. However when Bajrang Dal & VHP activists reached the spot and allegedly torched the vehicle suspecting beef transportation. Further, they also blocked the NH 16 for some time. Driver and other staff of the vehicle fled the spot after tension prevailed in the area following the incident.
Driver and other staff of the truck fled the spot after situation went violent following the incident.
As reported, a team of police and fire brigade officials rushed the spot.
“The mob suspected that the truck transported beef and set on fire. We are investigating whether the truck was carrying beef,” SDPO Ashok Mohanty said.
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Police had initiated the probe and action would be taken if found guilty. Killing of cows (heifer or calf) is a cognizable offence and carries penal provision of imprisonment up to maximum of 2 years or fine up to Rs. 1,000 or both under the Odisha Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act, 1960, However, the slaughter of a bull, bullock is allowed on production of fit-for-slaughter certificate and if the cattle is over 14 years of age or has become permanently unfit for breeding, drought.