In Sangrur, eight ‘killed’ by stray cattle in a month
A 21-member committee set up by Sangrur residents has sent notices to the Punjab Chief Secretary (CS) for failure to take steps against stray cattle, claiming eight lives were lost in the district in August alone.
“The Punjab Government has collected Rs 64 crore as cow cess since 2015. Yet the number of stray cattle has been increasing on roads. Residents must be told where the cess is being utilised. We have sent legal notices to the CS, Deputy Commissioner (DC) and Executive Officer (EO) of the Sangrur Nagar Council and will file a case if the authorities fail to take quick action,” said Lalit Garg, one of the committee’s legal advisers (LAs).
On the committee constituted last week are government employees, social activists, members of NGOs and kin of those killed by stray cattle. The two other LAs include advocates Surjit Singh Grewal and Daljit Singh Sekhon. “In August, eight residents of Sunam and Sangrur were attacked by stray cattle. But the authorities are yet to wake up to the problem. We will take the help of courts and launch an indefinite protest,” said DS Sekhon, an advocate.
Meanwhile, the Sangrur administration has hired private trained labour to catch stray cattle after dusk.
“They have already caught 40 bulls and sent these to a cattle pond at Jhaneri,” said Avikesh Gupta, SDM, Sangrur. Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori could not be contacted as he was on leave.