BHUBANESWAR: Odisha, which had been spared by cow vigilantism, on Wednesday saw a group of self-proclaimed ‘gau rakshaks’ assault the station manager and four others at the Bhubaneswar railway station after mistaking a legal transportation of cattle for trafficking.
The incident happened at Platform No.2 when Kochuveli-Guwahati Express arrived at the station at about 9.30 pm. There were about 20 cattle in two parcel vans which were booked from Salem to Guwahati by a Noida-based dairy farm.
Around a dozen cow vigilantes dragged two employees of the dairy farm and started assaulting them accusing them of illegally transporting the cows. When the station manager and the train driver came to their rescue, they were also not spared. They were rescued by the Government Railway Police and Railway Protection Force.
Sources said the employees of the dairy farm, Ramesh Shah and Vimal Kumar, have been admitted to a private hospital.
The milch cows were being transported from Salem in Tamil Nadu to Meghalaya on two parcel vans which were duly booked by the company. A veterinarian, who was also travelling with them, came under attack too.
Till reports last came in, the cows were shifted to a rest shed near RPF outpost here. The GRP has registered a case on the basis of a complaint filed by the manager of the dairy farm to which the cattle belonged.