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Cow smugglers tried to run me down: Jyotipriyo

Unidentified miscreants attempted to run over the state food and supplies minister Jyotipriyo Mullick when he was taking morning walk at BC block in Salt Lake on Friday morning.

According to the complaint lodged by Mullick with the police, an olive green colour Tata Sumo approached him with the aim to run him over when he was returning home after morning walk.

Finding the car approaching at him from the opposite direction at a high speed he somehow jumped onto the footpath at the last moment and saved himself. There were two youth in the car and they fled at a high speed after missing their target. Mullick was so traumatised that he couldn’t note the registration number of the car.

Mullick said that the car had been following him since Thursday night as it was seen parked close to the car of the minister outside the party’s office at Madhyamgram in North 24-Parganas. The youth in the car were also approached by the followers of Mullick. “It seems the accused stayed somewhere in Salt Lake at night and were waiting inside the car for me to approach in the deserted lane,” he said.

While returning home at Salt Lake’s BC block, Mullick spoke to two locals and was walking home. The car approached him just after he had crossed the community centre. Police initiated a search for the accused, but are yet to arrest anyone in this connection. They are also searching for the car.

Sources said that the police had conducted raids at different places and questioned some people in this connection. They have also prepared portrait parley of the accused. But the police officers were sure that the accused was well aware about the daily routine of Mullick and had been keeping a track on his movement for quite a few days. The police are going through the footages of surveillance cameras in the area.

Mullick said that stringent measures have been taken to stop smuggling of cows across the border and many kingpins of the rackets were arrested. The attack could be its outfall, the minister said.

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