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Protesting against strays, Pb farmers let them loose Trailers Carrying Dogs, Cattle Unloaded At Mohali-UT Border

March 08, 2019 05:32 AM

COURTESY TOI MARCH 8

Protesting against strays, Pb farmers let them loose
Trailers Carrying Dogs, Cattle Unloaded At Mohali-UT Border
TIMES NEWS NETWORK

Mohali:

Hundreds of Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) activists unloaded tractor-trolleys full of stray dogs and cattle at the Chandigarh-Mohali border near YPS Chowk on Thursday.


The farmers were protesting against the “lackadaisical attitude of the Punjab government in checking stray animal menace in the state”.

With their 12 tractor-trolleys parked at the entry point, the protesters were denied entry to Chandigarh. While they released 15 stray dogs — who were caught from near Mohali’s Daun village and packed in a vehicle — at the boundary of the township, cattle loaded in two of the 11vehicles were let loose some metres away at a ground in Phase VIII. Later, the rest of the cattle in nine tractor-trolleys were shifted to the Mohali administration trucks. Each vehicle had about 10 cattle.

The farmers presented a memorandum to officer on special duty (OSD) to chief minister Sandeep Brar. Brar said, “We have accepted their memorandum. We will arrange for a date to have a dialogue with the CM.”

Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, who led the activists, said, “Stray dogs are killing children and elderly in villages. Stray cattle are destroying crops, putting farmer in debts. But the government is not taking any action.”

Earlier, the protesters started gathering at Amb Sahib Gurdwara around 10am. At about 3pm, 600 farmers, followed by 12 tractor-trolleys, marched towards the ground opposite the gurdwara.

Raising slogans against Union minster Meneka Gandhi and CM Captain Amarinder Singh, they said the leaders were being negligent towards human lives, but making laws to save stray animals.

The Chandigarh police were ready with cattle catchers’ team, comprising 10 to 12 men, equipped with ropes, sticks and trucks. Two stray dog catching trucks were also stationed at the Chandigarh side.

Lakhowal said, “We wanted to release the strays in Chandigarh, but were not allowed to enter it. Therefore, we released them near the border.”

The Chandigarh-Mohali entry road was closed due to the protest, as the UT police had sealed the border near YPS crossing.

The farmers threatened to hold a similar protest if the menace was not checked. Next time, they warned, they would release stray dogs and cattle outside the houses of the CM and bureaucrats in Chandigarh.

BKU activists defy Supreme Court order

The BKU activists disobeyed the Supreme Court order under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act that says a stray dog should be release at the same place from where it was lifted. The farmers had lifted 15 dogs from near Daun village in Mohali and released them at the Mohali-Chandigarh border. When asked about the Act, the farmers said they do not care about guidelines that protect animals who kill humans. Hira Singh, a farmers, said, “Stray dogs have been killing infants, children and the elderly in Punjab. But the government is protecting dogs instead of humans. If a lion turns a man eater, he is killed. Here, stray dogs have mauled several people to death in the past few months, but the government has failed to act.”

They said recently, a pack of stray dogs had mauled a toddler to death near Rajpura and killed an 80-year-old woman near Moga.

 
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