SRINAGAR: Cow vigilantes who attacked five members of a nomadic family in Reasi district on Friday will be booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA), DGP Police told Kashmir Reader.
“Attackers who are visible on the video that appeared in media will be booked under PSA,” DGP SP Vaid said. “An FIR has been filed and investigation is going on.”
Vaid said police arrested 11 attackers after Friday’s attack in which a five-member nomadic family, including a 9-year-old girl, was attacked by the group. The family was transporting livestock from Raesi to Talwara in Udhampur district. Cow vigilantes beat them with iron rods and robbed them of their cows, goats and sheep.
Earlier, a private news channel reported that four members of the family who were attacked have also been charged by the Jammu and Kashmir Police for transporting cattle without permission. Vaid said he was unaware of it. “Confirm it from IG Jammu,” he said.
IGP Jammu could not be reached despite several attempts.
This attack in Kashmir is the latest by “gow rakshak” groups. Earlier, on May 7, 2013, a Kashmir-bound truck was intercepted near Nandani and set afire while the cattle were taken away. The trucker had requisite permission to transport cattle. A truck, carrying cows and oxen, was set on fire by a mob at Ghagwal in Samba on April 27, 2014.
In 2015 when a court directed state administration to punish beef traders, Kashmir was enraged. Independent MLA Er Rasheed was beaten up by BJP members from Jammu after he protested the court direction in J&K Assembly.