A mob on Sunday set ablaze a truck after it overturned on the National Highway near Golanthara in Odisha, alleging that it was carrying beef, police said.
After the mob attack took place, the driver and his helper of the truck fled from the spot, a police officer said.
The truck which was heading towards Mumbai from Bihar overturned after losing balance. A packet fell from the truck after it overturned. The locals alleged that it contained beef, the official further added.
“We will examine the contents of the packets to ascertain wheather it was beef or not,” said sub divisional police officer, Berhampur Sadar, Ashok Kumar Mohanty.
The locals blocked the national highway demanding immediate arrest of the driver and his helper. Senior police officers rushed to the spot to control the situation. They also seized some packets from the truck. “The National Highway has been cleared,” Mohanty added.
With PTI inputs.