3 killed by suspected cow smugglers in Meghalaya

Three persons, including a village headman, were killed and three others seriously injured after a group of suspected cow smugglers attacked them near the Bangladesh border in Meghalaya’s West Jaintia Hills district, the police said on Saturday. Six suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident, the police added.

The incident occurred around 2.30 p.m. on Friday when the six men were returning to their village Amlani after attending an official meeting at Amlarem, a subdivisional town in the district, the police said.

They were stopped at a place near Trangblang village and attacked by the suspected cow smugglers, a police officer said.

While the village headman, the village secretary and another member were killed on the spot, three others were rescued and admitted to the Jowai Civil Hospital, said Superintendent of Police, West Jaintia Hills district, Vivek Syiem.

Initially, the main accused, his brother and their cousin were taken into custody, the SP said, adding that later three others, including another brother of the main accused, were arrested.

FIR lodged

According to villagers, the headman and others had apprehended the main accused earlier this week when he was trying to smuggle cattle to Bangladesh.

He was assaulted by the villagers and the police had to rescue him, a police officer said. An FIR was lodged against the village headman and others on Wednesday, the officer added.

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