RAJOURI, May 20: The police claimed to have foiled several bovine smuggling bids and rescued 43 bovines being illegally transported to Kashmir via Mughal Road but the smugglers/ drivers managed to escape in district Rajouri last night.
Official sources said a police team from Rajouri Police Station headed by SHO Ajaz Haider during routine patrolling in Rajouri town, spotted four vehicles which were found moving rashly towards Darhali bridge side which were chased upon.
However, near bridge, all the four vehicles were found parked short of a police naka and the drivers had managed to flee from the spot. The police however, managed to nab one of the drivers, who was trying to escape towards a nearby nallah.
The four vehicles which have been seized on the spot include, JK11B /4694, JK11B /4669, JK12/ 9366 and fourth one with temporary no. 1626 and all the vehicles were found loaded with 28 bovine animals. All the cattle were rescued from the four vehicles. The driver has been identified as Rahit Iqbal, son of Abdul Majid, resident of Khablan.
Two separate cases in FIR 286/2019 and 287/2019 under Sections 188/295-A RPC, 3 PCA Act have been registered in this connection.
Another police team from Kandi (Kotranka) headed by SHO Mustaj Ahmed during night patrolling intercepted two vehicles near Mandir Gala – Sakri Road. The drivers parked the vehicles at some distance and escaped. Both the vehicles bearing registration numbers JK 11A/ 2947 and JK02AK/ 6181 and loaded with 15 bovines were seized.
The police registered case FIR No. 45/2019 and FIR No. 46/2019 under Sections 188/295A RPC and 3 PC Act has been registered at Police Station, Kandi.