The administration has no plan how to tackle the stray cattle menace even as two precious lives were lost in as many months in mishaps involving the stray bovines in Abohar, a sub division of Fazilka district. Cattle can often be seen locking horns on budy roads, thus posing a danger to the lives of commuters.
Those who fell victims to stray cattle were Satpal Khurana of local Anand Nagri and Rajinder Singh of Sukhera Basti. Rajinder was standing outside his house when a stray bull charged at him, leaving him critically injured. He was admitted to the PGI, Chandigarh, where he underwent treatment for a fortnight, before succumbing to the injuries. Satpal, along with his wife, was riding a two-wheeler when a cow came in the way, leading to accident, in which Satpal lost his life.
Bad roads, coupled with presence of stray animals, make the things worse for the commuters.
The post of SDM, Abohar, had been lying vacant, while efforts to contact Fazilka DC proved futile.
"During polls, all politicians promise to create world class civic amenities and that's it. It's ridiculous that nobody is concerned even after people were falling prey to the stray cattle menace," said Anoop Sharma, a local resident.
"The number of stray cattle is growing across the state and it is high time that the state government comes out with a comprehensive plan to deal with the problem," said Ashok Ahuja, a social activist.
"Thw work on a big cattle pound is near completion in Abohar and the stray cattle will be moved to the pound in a month or so. It will come as a big relief to the public. The administration needs to keep a vigil so that no new stray cattle enter the town," said Parmil Kalani of Gaushala Parbandhak Committee, Abohar.
"There are more than 200 volunteers who are ready to assist the administration for the cause, but there is no plan," said Rajat Luthra, a social activist working for the cause of injured stray animals.
Parveen Midda, an educationist, said that it was high time for the administration to come out with a plan to tackle the menace before things got out of hands.
"Would administration's response be the same had stray cattle claimed the life of some VIP?" questioned Amit Sharma, a local resident.
"After construction of new cattle pound at Abohar, all stray cattle will be taken there and special teams of municipal committee will be assigned the job of keeping a track on cattle population in the neighbouring villages so that nobody can leave the animals stray," said Basant Garg, deputy commissioner, Fazilka.