BJP member forces VMC officials to release impounded cattle

The ambitious project initiated by the district collector to make the city roads cattle-free is turning out to be another futile attempt.

Written by Express News Service | Vadodara | Published:March 29, 2009 1:20 am

The ambitious project initiated by the district collector to make the city roads cattle-free is turning out to be another futile attempt.

A BJP member on Saturday asked the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) officials to release impounded cattle citing cruelty to the animals.

This incident occurred near the Raopura police station where a BJP member and lawyer by profession Niraj Jain (in the pic),got into arguments with the cattle impounding team when they were performing their duty.

Jain had come to the police station for some official work when he noticed the corporation officials struggling to cage the stray cattle. He approached the officials and asked them to release the animal. The verbal argument almost turned into manhandling and traffic was stalled in the area due to the ruckus.

Jain said: “There are ways to carry the animals. The corporation staff members were pulling the ears and the legs of the cows at Mama ni pol near Raopura,clearly violating the Prevention of Cruelty against Animals Act.”

VMC officials,on the other hand,said that Jain’s interference was uninvited. “To catch stray cattle is part of our duty and we were doing that only. He not only interfered in our work,but also forced us to release the stray cattle,” said Navin Rathod,a VMC official who was present at the spot.

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