A cattle smuggler was arrested after an encounter in which a police officer had a narrow escape in UP’s Gonda, police said on Sunday.
“On the intervening night of March 13-14, a truck carrying 24 bulls — four of them were dead – was seized,” Superintendent of Police Santosh Kumar Mishra said.
One of the accused — Dilip Yadav — involved in cattle smuggling was arrested and a hunt was launched for gang leader — Saleem — in the neighbouring Ayodhya district, he said.
“Late on Saturday night, as policemen made an effort to arrest Saleem, he opened fire at them. A bullet hit the bullet-proof jacket of Nawabganj police station SHO Santosh Kumar Singh and he had a narrow escape,” SP Mishra said.
“Police fired in self-defence and a bullet hit the leg of Saleem and he was injured,” he said, adding the accused was carrying a reward of Rs 25,000 on his arrest.
The SP said an aide of Saleem fled the spot.
Police have recovered a country-made pistol, cartridges and six bulls, he said and added the accused was admitted to the district hospital.
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