As per reports, the locals stopped a container truck bearing Regd No: WB 33 E 7542 carrying more than 50 cows and bulls near Ramede and alerted the police.
The driver and helper of the container escaped from the spot taking advantage of the darkness, locals said.
As the police were late in reaching the spot, the locals freed the cattle from the vehicle, they added.
“We kept in a vigil after hearing reports of cattle being smuggled through the city from various parts of the district. We noticed a container suspectedly moving in the city last night. So we stopped the vehicle and rescued the animals,” said a local resident on condition of anonymity.
Police later reached the spot and seized the vehicle.
“We have seized a container truck, further investigation is on,” police said.