The municipal corporation employees deputed on catching domestic cattle found roaming at public places may get police protection in the near future. The MC authorities are writing to the police to provide assistance during special cattle-catching drives so that the employees can be saved from the wrath of the angry owners.
As per the decision of MC, police would be asked to depute at least 10 cops whenever such a drive is undertaken.
To check bovine menace, the MC has been carrying out special drives but there had been instances when the cattle-owners assaulted the MC employees. In future, anybody hindering the MC drive can face criminal proceedings.
To make the case foolproof and to identify such offenders, videography of all stray cattle-catching drives would be done.
Herds of cattle can be spotted on the city roads, especially in the newly-developed sectors, posing a threat to the lives of the commuters. There is a practice among the residents of villages, such as Mataur, Shahimajra, Mohali, Jagatpura etc., of setting the cattle free for grazing. As many as 400 such animals roam on the city roads daily.
“We will write to the police to provide us assistance during special drives, which would be videographed,” said SAS Nagar mayor Kulwant Singh.
Domestic yet stray cattle
Whenever a complaint is received, the MC impounds the cattle. The impounded cattle is kept for about seven days and if no one turns up to claim it, the animal is set free in the forest areas in Ropar and Kharar. The MC imposes a penalty of Rs 1,000 per animal on the owner. The MC in the past year earned about Rs 3 lakh in penalty from cattle owners.