Delhi: In yet another cow-related crime, two suspected cattle smugglers allegedly opened fire at a PCR van which was following them in north Delhi’s Timarpur area, the police said. The incident took place on the intervening night of September 1 and 2, Deputy Commissioner of Police (north) Nupur Prasad said to PTI. The unidentified duo reportedly fired two gunshots at the policemen and fled from the spot, leaving behind a tempo carrying two cows, she said, adding that the policemen were not injured. (Also read: ‘Cow Smugglers Should be Tied to Tree, Beaten up For Disrespecting ‘Mother”) Also Read - 'Creating Toolkit Not an Offence': 5 Big Statements by Court as Disha Ravi Walks Out of Jail

The vehicle had a registration number of Rajasthan. It was seized and the cows sent to an animal shelter, the DCP said. A case was also registered. Based on the registration number, efforts were on to trace the owner of the vehicle and the accused, she said. Also Read - Republic Day Violence: Delhi Court Sends Actor-Activist Deep Sidhu To 14-Day Judicial Custody

In July, three people, including a village headman, were killed and three others seriously injured after being attacked by a group of suspected cow smugglers near the Bangladesh border in Meghalaya’s West Jaintia Hills district. The incident took place when the six were returning to their village after attending an official meeting at Amlarem, a sub-divisional town in the district, the police said. They were stopped at a place near Trangblang village and attacked by suspected cow smugglers, a police officer said. Also Read - Toolkit Case: Climate Activist Disha Ravi Gets Bail After 10 Days, Can't Leave Country Till Probe Ends

While the village headman, the village secretary and another member of the village were killed on the spot, three others, who received serious injuries, were rescued and admitted to the Jowai Civil Hospital, the Superintendent of Police (SP) of West Jaintia Hills district, Vivek Syiem, told PTI. Initially, the main accused, his brother and their cousin were arrested, the SP said, adding, the police arrested three others, including another brother of the main accused. According to villagers, the headman and other villagers, earlier this week, had apprehended the main accused when he was trying to smuggle cattle to Bangladesh. He was assaulted by the villagers and the police had to rescue him, a police officer said. An FIR was lodged against the village headman and others on Wednesday, the officer said.