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Four cow vigilantes held for attack on J&K nomads, hunt on for others

IANS | Jammu |

Four members of a self-styled 'gau rakshak' (cow vigilante) group were arrested in Jammu and Kashmir's Reasi district after they attacked and injured a nomadic family of five including a 9-year old girl and stole all their livestock, police said here on Saturday.

A hunt was on to arrest the other members of the group.

"Police parties have been moved out to arrest all the members of the group that attacked a family of nomadic goatherds on Thursday and decamped with their livestock," a senior police officer said here.

Besides arresting four members of the group, police had restored the family's cattle, sheep and goats.

"An FIR has been lodged. We have arrested some persons involved in the attack on the nomad family moving with their livestock — cattle, sheep and goats on April 20 night," a senior police officer told IANS.

The group had attacked the family with iron rods during Thursday night in Talwara area of Reasi.