The move of the Bathinda municipal corporation to get rid of stray cattle by sheltering them in a gaushala at Bir Sikhan Wala village in Faridkot district faced tough resistance by hundreds of farmers from Dhilwan Kalan, Kothe Gajjan Singh, Kotkpaura and others, who stopped the five trucks sent by the corporation at Dhilwan Kalan village and protested against the move saying that the stray cattle are freed by the gaushala after some time and they destroy their crops.
Farmers from Ramsar village got wind of the five trucks loaded with stray cattle on way to the gaushala and they informed the other farmers of nearby Dhilwan Kalan village, who immediately gathered and stopped the vehicles on the Kotkpaura-Bathinda highway in the village in the afternoon.
The trucks were being escorted by a police vehicle from Bathinda. The protest led to disruption of traffic on the road for about two hours in the afternoon. When the police threatened farmers to clear the road, they damaged the police vehicle and deflated its tyres. The Bathinda municipal corporation has reportedly reached an agreement with the gaushala to accommodate the stray cattle from Bathinda.
Farmers alleged that the stray cattle, which are sent to the gaushalas in Faridkot district from outside, are later released to wander into fields and destroy their crop.
Some animals were also weak, and 4 to 5 had allegedly died because of overloading. The farmers claimed there were 150-odd stray cattle in five trucks. The farmers demanded registration of a case in this regard.