Civic body hopes to rid Delhi of stray cattle by August

June 6th, 2008 - 12:55 am ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 5 (IANS) Stung into action by the “unfortunate” killing Wednesday of a senior citizen by a stray cow, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi Thursday hoped it would rid the national capital of stray cattle by August this year. Gurnam Singh, 60, was attacked and killed by a stray cow in north-west Delhi. Three people tried to save him but they were also injured by the cow.

“It was indeed an unfortunate incident. The stray cow, as we learnt later, was agitated because she had lost her new-born calf and because of some disturbance nearby attacked Gurnam Singh. The police have registered a case against the cattle owner for letting it out,” MCD spokesperson Deep Mathur told IANS Thursday.

“The drive against stray cattle is a big exercise. Although we have initiated drives seeking help from people to catch stray cows, there has been a lot of resistance,” he said.

Blaming the police for not being there when help is required, Mathur said there have been times when MCD’s trucks have been damaged and their staff beaten up by cattle owners when their cows, which were roaming free, were picked up.

“Cattle owners constantly resist when their straying cows are picked up by us from the roads. There have been many instances of violence when we have sedated stray cattle,” he said.

“But we are hopeful that we will meet our target of ridding the capital of stray cattle by August this year. We are doing our best,” said Mathur.

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