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3 killed by suspected cow smugglers in Meghalaya

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SHILLONG, July 7 - 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 West Jaintia Hills district, the police said today.

The incident occurred at around 2.30 pm yesterday when the six were returning to their village, Amlani, after attending an official meeting at Amlarem, a subdivisional town in the district, the police said. The six were stopped at a place near Trangblang village and attacked by the suspected cow smugglers, a police officer said.

While the village headman, village secretary and another resident of the village were killed on the spot, three others, who received serious injuries, were rescued and admitted to the Jowai Civil Hospital, SP of West Jaintia Hills district Vivek Syiem said.

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

According to the villagers, the headman and other villagers, earlier this week, had apprehended the main accused 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 said. � PTI

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3 killed by suspected cow smugglers in Meghalaya

SHILLONG, July 7 - 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 West Jaintia Hills district, the police said today.

The incident occurred at around 2.30 pm yesterday when the six were returning to their village, Amlani, after attending an official meeting at Amlarem, a subdivisional town in the district, the police said. The six were stopped at a place near Trangblang village and attacked by the suspected cow smugglers, a police officer said.

While the village headman, village secretary and another resident of the village were killed on the spot, three others, who received serious injuries, were rescued and admitted to the Jowai Civil Hospital, SP of West Jaintia Hills district Vivek Syiem said.

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

According to the villagers, the headman and other villagers, earlier this week, had apprehended the main accused 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 said. � PTI