According to a police official, a truck and two tempos were carrying the cattle near the Sonapur area of Guwahati district. "We got the information that the members of the Hindu Yuba Chhatra Parishad's Dimoria unit have stopped three vehicles transporting cattle. We dispatched a police team which took control of the vehicles and the persons," the official told PTI over phone.
The official said the transporters had proper challans for transporting the cattle.
The truck was coming from Tinsukia in Upper Assam while the two tempos returned from the Jagiroad market, he said. "On checking, we found that there were some irregularities in the permits of the vehicles only. We have sent the vehicles to the Transport Department for proper verification," he added.
Guwahati Police Deputy Commissioner (East) Mohneesh Mishra too declined to confirm the beating up of the drivers and helpers as no one filed any complaint with the police yet.
Asked if this was a case of cow vigilantism, Mr Mishra said it was being examined.