The cattle menace on the streets of Delhi is proving to be very costly for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).
Delhi High Court on Friday pulled up the MCD for not doing enough to end the menace in the Capital and asked it to pay a compensation of Rs 10.25 lakh to the widow of a man killed by bulls in 2005.
Sita Ram, a fruit vendor, succumbed to injuries sustained after he was caught between two bulls fighting on the road.
This is the highest compensation ordered so far in a stray cattle death case.
Another bench of the court had in 2005 ordered a total compensation of Rs 6 lakh to the families of three persons gored to death by bovines.
Ordering the civic agency to compensate the widow. Justice S. Ravindra Bhat said the accident was the consequence of neglect of the MCD. Bhat said the agency did not ensure proper supervision of the area to avoid the menace of stray cattle that could have prevented the kind of accident, which actually took place.
Ram’s wife contended her husband was a victim of negligence and dereliction of public duty on the part of MCD and the Delhi government.