To mark protest against the state government for their failure on sheltering stray cattle despite levying cow cess, the Bharti Kisan Union (BKU) took three trolleys of stray cattle to the deputy commissioner (DC) office in Moga on Friday.
Members of BKU led by general secretary Gulzar Singh, along with 20 stray cattle held a protest outside the DC office and raised slogans against the government.
However, the administration authorities and deployed cops did not let the protesters to enter the premises of the administrative complex.
Gulzar said that even after collecting a huge amount of tax in the name of cow welfare, the state government has failed to curb the menace of stray animals, which has become a matter of concern for the rural as well as the urban population.
“Stray cattle are a threat to the farmers who suffer heavy losses due to stray animals destroying their crops; also these animals have become a cause of fatal accidents in Punjab,” he said.
Gulzar said that if the government does not solve the problem soon, they will be forced to intensify the protest.
“If the government could not allow slaughtering of cows then they should construct big cattle pounds to shelter them,” he added.
Farmers take stray cattle to DC office
Muktsar: Fed up with the problem of stray animals, the farmers under the banner of Bharatiya Kisan Union (Longowal) stormed into the mini-secretariat with stray cattle on Friday afternoon. The farmers caught dozens of cattle from the villages and left them in the middle of mini secretariat, leaving the employees and officials red-faced.
However, the employees opposed the farmers’ move and came at loggerheads with them. Both the farmers and employees started raising slogans against each other.
The police force was called on the spot to avoid any tiff over the issue.
Jagdev Singh, member of the union, said the authorities have turned insensitive towards their problems as it has become difficult for the farmers to keep bovine like creatures at bay from their paddy fields.
“We have briefed the district administration on several occasions, but in vain,” he said.
Another farmer Beant Singh said though the state government has levied cow cess on everything but nothing was done to tame these animals.
“Even repeated assurances of the administration to construct cow shed has turned futile,” said Beant.
Meanwhile, the police and the staff of mini-secretariat had a tough time to clear the premises.