Presence of animals on the streets of Pathankot has turned into a huge nightmare for residents. Previously, only cows and calves were a source of nuisance, bit now abandoned mules and horses seem to have joined them.
Corporation officials, as usual, seem to have given up on their role to provide basic civic necessities to the residents. The commissioner's post is also lying vacant, as the current incumbent in is judicial custody, allegedly for graft.
The number of animals has increased manifold and so have the number of accidents and mishaps involving these animals.
Traditionally, the area has had a large population of horse cart pullers due to the large number of brick and kiln industry.
The owners of these animals, mostly the residents of Lamini and Manwal, just abandon their animals when they have lived out their usefulness.
Others who have shifted business have also abandoned their animals. Most residents say that even though cows and calves were a nuisance, but these animals did not kick or bite as these horses have become notorious for.
Local resident Rakesh Kumar claimed to have lost a part of his ear after being by a horse.
"I was on my bike. A bunch of horses had occupied the whole road. As I tried to find a way to pass, one of the horses kicked me and my ear was damaged."
When contacted, Pathankot deputy commissioner Siben C admitted that the number of stray animals was on the rise. "e said that cows had been accommodated in Gaushalas, but the bulls and horses were still a problem.
He said that he would soon hold a meeting NGOs and other prominent residents of the city to deal with the problem.