Hundreds of pigs were being stacked into trucks, tractor-trolleys and other vehicles and dropped beyond the municipal limits of the city so as to contain the spread of swine flu virus.
A week ago, district collector AK Singh had served notices on 26 registered pig rearers of the city, using powers conferred to him under section 131 of the criminal procedure code (CrPC) asking them to shift their pigs to areas beyond the municipal limits.
The notice specified that if they failed to adhere to the deadline of a week, district collector under section 188 of the CrPC would order lodging of an FIR against them.
District collector’s notice led to panic in the city. Not only pig rearers are transporting their pigs outside the municipal limits, but municipal corporation’s sanitation staff also appears determined not to let any stray pig survive in Sagar city.
Moreover, drive against pigs undertaken by the Sagar administration has had the same ‘infectitious’ effect as the swine flu with the smaller municipal bodies of Bina, Khurai and Rehali following suit and launching a similar campaign in areas under their jurisdiction.
District collector, when asked whether he thinks that pigs are responsible for spread of swine flu, said he had passed the decree at the recommendation of the municipal corporation administration and making Sagar a pig-free city doesn’t necessarily have to do with swine flu. “They are dirty and make the city look dirty,” he said.
Municipal commissioner Ranveer Singh said that they had written a letter to collector to pass an order for taking out all the pigs from municipal limits as they create nuisance and in the wake of swine flu, it’s only advisable to keep them away from the city.
However, doctors believe that spread of swine flu virus has more to do with man to man contact.
Dr Amitabh Jain (nodal officer, swine flu control room) said that now-a-days swine flu virus is spreading more due to man to man contact. Though swine, birds and other animals can be carrier of this virus. Drive against pigs could be preventive campaign, he said.
A pig keeper on condition of anonymity said following collector’s diktat, they have limited option.
“Either we shall pack them off to some place or slughter house or else municipal workers will catch them and leave them in jungles.”
Municipal commissioner Ranveer Singh confirmed that pigs being caught by the municipal staff are left in jungles and some pig-rearers are sending them to Allahabad.
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