Banihal (JK), June 28 (PTI): A mob set ablaze a truck carrying bovine animals allegedly without permission along Jammu-Srinagar National highway in Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.
The bovine-laden truck, which was on way to Kashmir, was stopped by a mob on the highway at Kohbag near Ramban last evening, a police official said today, adding the driver abandoned the vehicle and fled the scene.
The irate mob freed over two dozen cattle loaded in the truck and set the vehicle ablaze following which the traffic on the highway remained suspended for nearly two hours and was restored only after hectic efforts by senior civil and police officials.
Two cases have been registered against unidentified bovine smugglers and the mob, the police said adding no arrests have been made so far. While one FIR was lodged against the persons trying to smuggle the bovine animals, the other was registered against the mob for setting the truck on fire.
Meanwhile, police intercepted a truck and rescued 13 bovine animals which were being transported illegally at Samba district town along Jammu-Lakhanpur highway.
The driver escaped on seeing the police party and efforts are on to nab him, the official said adding a case was registered in this connection.