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Cooch Behar: Five people, including two police officers and a journalist, have been injured and a few vehicles vandalised after a cow vigilante group went berserk at Tufanganj in Cooch Behar district.

This happened around noon today 10 May at Tufanganj’s Chhat Rampur village which is not very far from the Bangladesh border.

Local people and police sources said that today morning four men were ferrying some cattle in a goods vehicle. A group of cow vigilantes intercepted them at Chhat Rampur and accused the men of having stolen the cattle.

As the men denied the charges, the vigilantes started assaulting them. Learning about this, a team from Tufanganj police station, led by officer-in-charge Saumalya Aich, rushed to the spot.

The police team asked the vigilantes to handover the intercepted quarter and the cattle to them. At this, the group turned furious and attacked the police with bamboo sticks.

The police team tried to deter the vigilantes by wielding lathis but were overpowered. The vigilantes then began hurling brickbats at the police and some journalists we had reached the spot to gather news.

OC Aich, assistant sub-inspector Parimal Roy, civic volunteer Mukul Burman, a journalist named Basudeb Dhar and a driver suffered injuries.

A police vehicle, a scooter, and a goods van were vandalised.

On getting an SOS from them, a large posse of police reinforcement rushed to the spot from Cooch Behar Kotwali police station and managed to bring the situation under control. The injured were rescued and admitted to Tufanganj Sub-divisional Hospital.

Till evening, police managed to arrest seven of the vigilantes and are carrying out a manhunt for the remaining ones.