Angul: Tension mounted up in village Gadasantri under Banarpal tehsil limits in the district in the early morning today after police seized at least four cattle-laden trucks while some miscreants managed to snatch away the cows from them after few hours.
Two unidentified persons were also arrested by the police in this connection.
A joint team of Bantala and Banarpal police led by Angul SDPO Harihar Pani came across the cattle-laden trucks near Santri Chhak during patrolling in the wee hours of the night. After they verified the documents of the vehicles, it was found that at least 150 cattle were being transported by those to neighbouring West Bengal state under inhumane conditions. One cow was also found dead inside the truck.
The police team immediately seized the trucks and detained two persons.
However, things took an ugly turn after the SDPO Harihar Pani asked his policemen to unload the cattle from the vehicles and gather at the Banarpal Market to avert deaths of more cows. Minutes after the cattle were unloaded at the market, a group of associates of the illegal transporters gathered at the spot and snatched away the cattle from the policemen.
“We have registered a case in the matter and started an investigation to nab the culprits who snatched away cattle from the police,” said the Angul SDPO.