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Cow vigilantism and stray animal menace go as one
Wednesday August 24, 2016 6:53 PM, Shakeel Ahmed,

Stray dogs

Since the debate on cow vigilantism has started, the numbers of stray animals on roads have also increased abruptly. If the first opens good ground for the politicians to have their own agenda at top, another menace directly disturbs the common run. What viewers have watched about the disorders prevailing in the cowsheds of Delhi on TV is an eye-opener. But these matters are not going to be detailed here. Unrestricted loitering of the stray animals on the road requires immediate attention of the municipal authorities that check such menace through its cattle catching squad.

Puzzled with the team’s unique working style, the common people are forced to amuse and smile at their dull drive. If the cattle are caught by them why do we confront with them on and off The Kanpur Municipal Corporation officials even demonstrate acquiescence in the tone but lack of enthusiasm in effective operation is apparently clear.

Whether it is VIP road or not the stray cattle are seen moving with all the arrogance as if claiming their complete control upon the open roads. The dairy owners leave them to roam on the road. “The officials are wasting what could be valuable time. It is also difficult to say whether they are motivated by genuine concern for the residents’ life or some other pressure”, said a resident with contempt.

“No restrictions on stray dogs staying abundantly in every lanes and roads of the city. Howling and creating nuisance all the time are an unending practice. They are now developing a habit of entering into the houses”, as residents often complain.

Situation in city’s densely populated localities remains grave with this menace but if we look at Cantonment areas it is not far different from city area. Stray animals such as buffaloes, cows, pigs and bulls move about uncontrolled and the KMC zonal officials remain merely an onlooker!

Owing to existence of various posh schools around the Cantt areas here, there is urgent need of putting a curb on their presence. Whether it is morning, afternoon or evening the stray cattle loitering in a liberated way on every turn and crossing of the area..

However, a primary class student of St. Joseph's in Defence Colony area was recently pushed down by the angry cow while he was waiting for his van near the school’s gate. He fell down into the mud and was lying there until his van driver ran for his help. He was frightened intensely. As a result, it took him two days to recover from fever and injury.

The parents have, on several occasions, requested the authorities to control stray cattle but their unresponsive attitude towards dealing with the grave situation has brought only disappointment to them.

Driving slowly his brand new car, one driver said conversationally: ‘So long as the stray cattle roam on the road there remains a fear of mishap. Not only this but also the walkers fear to tread in their presence. More than this, the hard-nosed tempo drivers compellingly slow speed amidst these stray animals on the road.’

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