Under the Bihar Preservation and Improvement of Animals Act, 1955 cow and buffalo slaughter is banned in the state. (Source: Flickr) (Representative image) Photograph: (Others)
This incident comes a week after JD(U) and BJP came together to form the government in the state
Three men were allegedly beaten up by locals in Bihar’s Bhojpur on Thursday over suspicions that they were transporting "banned" meat in a truck, The Indian Express reported.
This is the first incident of cow vigilantism after JD(U) and BJP came together to form the government in the state last week.
According to The Indian Express, meat samples from the truck have been sent for testing and police suspect that the West Bengal-bound truck was transporting buffalo meat.
Under the Bihar Preservation and Improvement of Animals Act, 1955 cow and buffalo slaughter is banned in the state.
The police have arrested the three men who were assaulted, Those who beat them up are yet to be identified,
“We have arrested the three and conducted a raid at one location in Ranisagar based on the information they provided, located a slaughterhouse and sealed it. The three have been booked under provisions of the 1955 Act. Similar incidents were reported from Shahpur in 2009 and 2014,” said Daya Shanker, Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO), Jagdishpur told the daily.
”Only the driver suffered a minor injury. Local youths beat up the driver, and there was no law-and-order problem as such. We promptly intervened and seized the truck, and sent the meat sample for laboratory tests,” he added.