Cow slaughter vigilantes in Haryana can now call a 24-hour helpline to report incidents of the crime, The Indian Express reported. The Haryana Police set up the number (8284030455) for people who want to inform them of a killing or cow smuggling. They said they would respond quickly by sending special teams to the scene of the illegal activity.
Haryana officials believe there has been a rise in incidents of cow smuggling and slaughter in the state, a year after the government passed the Haryana Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Gausamvardhan Act, which punishes offenders with up to 10 years of jail time.
On June 29, a video surfaced, showing two men being forced to eat a mixture of cow dung, urine and dairy products for allegedly transporting beef in Haryana. The president of local outfit Gurgaon Gau Rakshak Dal, Dharmendra Yadav, had admitted to being behind the incident, saying they had acted on a “tip-off” and intercepted the two men’s vehicle on the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway. “We made them eat the panchgavya to teach them a lesson and also to purify them,” he had said.