Aligarh: Unhappy over stray cows destroying their plants, farmers in the district are riding them away and locking them up in government buildings, specifically in Iglas and Khair tehsils.
The development comes at a time when Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed the officials concerned to make on the spot arrangements for proper care of stray cows.
He has also ordered clearing of grazing grounds in exclusive parts of the state from encroachments.
In the course of the final 48 hours, the district authorities have had to deal with locals, by and large belonging to villages falling underneath Iglas and Khair tehsils, driving away the stray cattle to compounds of extraordinary executive constructions,including faculties and hospitals.
Unconfirmed reports said a couple of schools in the area had been closed as farmers turned the compounds into transitority cow shelters.
District magistrate Chandra Bhushan Singh and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Ajay Kumar Sahni held an emergency assembly of district officials to take inventory of the situation and prevent it from going out of hand.
“We have now held conferences with farmers’ representatives and recommended them against taking regulation in their palms by using forcibly shepherding their cows into government constructions,” the DM stated.
“We will be able to take punitive action towards any person who shows merciless behaviour in the direction of these stray animals or tries to confine them in any unauthorised subject,” he warned.
Preparations for starting cow shelters in every village panchayat are being taken up on a battle footing, he asserted.
The SSP has announced that FIRs might be lodged towards anyone who abandons his/her cattle after it crosses its milk production stage.
In a related incident previous this week, a couple of Gau Rakshaks had attacked and pelted with stones govt contract automobiles which were transporting the stray cattle from transitority shelters to the important govt. cow shelter at Tappal.
SP Rural Mohanlal Patidar instructed PTI that one cow which was once being transported in a truck had died after some youths forcibly stopped the truck through indulging in brick batting along Aligarh-Tappal highway.
Despite efforts to convince them that these cows have been being transported officially and weren’t being taken for slaughter, the youths endured with their violent protest.
The district authorities right here have tightened security preparations following reports of escalating tension between farmers and neighborhood authorities over stray cattle which in keeping with the farmers are actually posing severe threats to their vegetation.