Muzaffarnagar: Around 25 armed men barged in a dairy in a village in Muzaffarnagar district, and took away 18 buffaloes worth Rs 20 lakh after holding the owner hostage. The incident took place in Ratanpuri village on Thursday.

The armed men held the owner of the dairy Naresh Kumar and his son at gunpoint, and forcibly took away the buffaloes in two vehicles, a police official said. A bike and two mobiles phones were also snatched.

Angry over the incident, villagers blocked the road outside the area police station. However, the villagers backed down only after senior police officers visited the area. Meanwhile, a case has been registered against unidentified people and a probe has been launched into the matter.

In another incident, raging mob thrashed two men for stealing the cows of a local person in Mughalsarai’s Subhash Nagar area. Superintendent of Police (SP) S K Singh told ANI, “The two were fleeing after stealing a cow and a calf of a local person. They were caught red-handed by the owner of the cows with the help of others. We have ordered an investigation into the matter,” Singh added.