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Stray cattle pose threat to life in Moga

Surinder Maan, Hindustan Times  Moga, November 20, 2013
First Published: 17:34 IST(20/11/2013) | Last Updated: 18:01 IST(20/11/2013)

Stray animals have become a major threat to human life in Moga, the main town of the Malwa region, but the administration as well as the municipal corporation have failed to find any solution to the problem so far. According to the police record, 24 people have lost their lives in the road accidents caused by stray animals since January 1, 2012 till October 2013 in the area.

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The problem of stray animals has become serious during the past two decades and cattle can be seen in every nook and cranny of the city. There have been several incidents of attack by stray animals due to
which dozens of people have died.

Apart from attacks, accidents, caused by stray animals, have increased manifold and hundreds of people have died.

As per Rajesh Kumar Bharadwaj, a pharmacist on emergency service at Mathura Dass Civil Hospital, accident cases caused by stray animals are rising day by day.

In several cases, the victims of accidents or their family members have told police that stray animals came in front of fast moving vehicles and led to accident. Stray cattle can be spotted on the roads and streets of the city.

"I have submitted written complaints several times to the Moga municipal corporation authorities regarding stray cattle menace but to no avail. On the other hand, we have made efforts on our own and have brought several cows to 'gaushalas' at various places," said Rahul Sharma, president of Parshuram Sabha, Moga.

Bhupinder Singh Sahoke, former municipal councillor, said, "No doubt that stray animals are creating a big trouble for residents of the city. I have approached the former MC president Barjinder Singh Brar to find a solution to the problem. Now, we have decided that we will approach religious personalities with the request to protect stray cows in gaushalas."

Arshdeep Singh Thind, deputy commissioner, said the administration has made efforts to send stray cows to gaushalas in Kot-Ise-Khan, Kapoore, Baghapurana, Moga and Smalsar. "More than 500 stray animals have been kept under the sheds of new grain market, Moga. We have also decided to make more efforts for covering stray animals with the help of several social organisations," the DC added.

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