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Another life claimed, stray cattle menace persists

punjab Updated: Jun 03, 2014 21:15 IST
HT Correspondent
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Balbir Chand

Balbir Chand of Dada village in the district died on Tuesday after stray cattle hit his motorcycle near Dussehra ground here.

The deceased was employed with the Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd (PSPCL).

Reports said Balbir and his son Rajiv were going home when their motorcycle was hit by stray cattle locked in a fight. As both of them fell on the road, a tractor-trolley coming from behind crushed Balbir, who died on the spot. His son sustained multiple injuries.

Passersby nabbed the tractor driver and handed him over to the police. A case was registered against him under section 304-A of the IPC at the city police station. Station house officer Prem Kumar said the vehicle was plying without a registration number.

Stray cattle menace in increasing day by day but the municipal authorities are least concerned about the problem. A few days ago, a scooter driver had fractured his limb when he fell down while escaping two fighting bulls. The problem persists in all parts of the city but the road along the Bhangi choe is the riskiest to commute as hundreds of stray cows, bulls and dogs keep roaming here.

They become dangerous when they start fighting in the middle of the roads or when they suddenly come in the way of speeding vehicles.

Garbage dumps along the choe have aggravated the problem as cattle flock to these places in search of food. The number of stray dogs is also on the rise but the civic body has no programme to sterilise them.

Municipal commissioner JC Sabharwal said he would discuss the matter with the higher authorities to establish a cattle shed in the city.

"I will also seek the help of NGOs and gaushala managements to tackle the stray cattle problem," he added. He appealed to dairy owners not to abandon infertile cows in the city.