The police said on Thursday that a cow smuggler in a pickup was killed in a shootout early morning in Rajasthan’s Alwar. The police are yet to identify the dead man. He was with his five to six accomplices, who managed to flee during the exchange of fire in Janata Colony on the periphery of Alwar city at around 2.30 am.
The district superintendent of police (SP) Rahul Prakash told TOI about a dozen of cow smugglers who had started firing at a police patrolling unit near Janta colony. “The police had intercepted a mini-truck in which cows were being smuggled. When we asked them to stop the truck, the smugglers opened fire on us. We also resorted to trigger in which one of their accomplices was killed,” Prakash said. The body of the dead has been kept at the mortuary of a local hospital. The police also said that they have recovered a country-made pistol, mobile phone, and two cartridges.
An official said, “We had tried to stop them at several places, but the smugglers kept on firing at the police teams. While one has been shot dead, others managed to flee, attempts are being made to arrest them.” Since last two weeks, a gang was involved in smuggling stray in Alwar to keep a check on that the patrolling was intensified, the sources in the police said to the TOI. “We suspect that the smugglers belonged to the same gang, but we are carrying out our investigation,” the official added.