In a bid to curb the stray cattle menace, deputy commissioner Ramvir Singh has directed the district animal husbandry department to register all cows in the houses of people in the district.
The direction came in the wake of increasing road mishaps and consequent communal tension on rumours about death of cows.
The DC directed the department to maintain record of all domestic cows with the department.
Officials said that it has come to the fore that many road accidents take place during night due to stray cattle, but some trouble-makers create communal tension by spreading rumors about death of cows.
The DC said that an order under Section 144 of the CrPC had been issued to maintain law and order in the city and it will last for two months till April 17, after which it will be reviewed.
Dr HM Walia, deputy director, said that there were around 2.3 lakh domestic animals, including goats, horses, buffaloes, cows and others in the district.
He said that the department has only registered pure breeds of cows and buffaloes through the online process. “Now the administration has issued directions to the department, we will comply it and start the registration process of household cows as well,” Walia added.
The DC has also banned the carrying of cows after sunset and before sunrise in the district and asked officials to take strict action against people violating the directions under Section 144 of the IPC.