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Woman lawyer attacked by mob in Tripura for reporting illegal cattle hoarding

A Delhi-based woman lawyer Shreya Agarwal was attacked by a mob after she reported cattle being stuffed into overloaded trucks and hoarded stealthily in Routhkhola of Tripura’s Sepahijhala District. Agarwal, who is also an animal rights activist, was on her way to the Tripura High Court along with her associates when she spotted the trucks carrying the cattle.

In her Twitter post, Agarwal said that she saw two vehicles cruelly transporting several cattle which were taken to and hoarded in a colony behind Bishalgarh Masjid in Routhkhola. She further pointed out that she informed the SP and approached the Bishalgarh police station requesting them to take action in the matter.

Narrating her ordeal on Twitter, she reached the spot where the cattle were hoarded along with the police and asked them to seize the cattle. However, she saw 3-4 persons were instigating the locals and soon a mob of around 100 people had gathered at the spot who abused her. She also said that the mob assaulted them and questioned her for daring to bring the police.

A mob can be seen assaulting her and her vehicle in the video posted by her. Although an FIR has been registered, no arrests have been made so far. Agarwal alleged that none of the cattle have been recovered so far. It is pertinent to note that the entire incident took place in the presence of the police.

It has also come to light that the area is notorious for hoarding cattle illegally which are then smuggled across the Indo-Bangladesh border which is about 10 kilometers away from the area. Agarwal says “Later informed that this is a dreaded colony – a Forest Officer, and a police officer have earlier been killed by goons in the same area and that we must not go back there”.

“A complaint has been lodged at Bishalagarh police station in connection with the incident under charges of rioting, unlawful assembly, assault, criminal intimidation, negligent behavior which can lead to the spread of infectious disease (COVID-19), outraging the modesty of a woman”, she later told reporters.

The complaint states that this is a spot where international smugglers assemble and hoard cattle before illegally transporting them to Bangladesh.

(Featured Image Source: Shreya Agarwal Twitter Page)

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