• Associate Sponsor

Madhya Pradesh: Radium in hand, police take cattle by the horns

MP police have started pasting radium stickers on the horns of cattle hoping that the glow would give the driver time to avoid hitting stray cattle and evade an accident.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Published: August 24, 2016 1:48 am
Madhya Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh police, Madhya Pradesh government, MP, Madhya Pradesh accidents, MP Road accidents, Cow, Cattle on roads, Radium, Radium sticker on cattles, india news Policemen in Balaghat paste one of their radium stickers.

Radium reflectors have been used for a long time on vehicles and Madhya Pradesh police have found in the idea a new solution to an old problem — accidents caused at night by stray cattle.

They have started pasting radium stickers on the horns of cattle hoping that the glow would give the driver time to avoid hitting stray cattle and evade an accident.

The latest to take the initiative are Balaghat police, who have stuck radium stickers on about 100 cattle-heads over the last five days. “A lot of accidents were taking place at night involving cattle that were either stationary or had strayed,” said Balaghat additional SP Akash Bhuria.

Over the last two years, a few other districts have used the idea but with limited success, mainly because the number of stray cattle is high and the police either don’t have the manpower or the will to chase the cattle.

In Khargone, the idea of using radium stickers stemmed from cow vigilantism and the rise of communal incidents that followed accidents involving cows. “If the driver involved in an accident leading to the death of a cow was Muslim, Bajrang Dal activists would protest and the accident would take a communal tone,” Khargone SP Amit Singh told The Indian Express.

Singh said he began by using radium stickers on bullock carts and tractor trolleys that are often involved in accidents, and extended the idea to cows because their death was always a sensitive issue. He said several police stations started doing this a year ago.

There are no government orders and the idea has been implemented in some districts out of an initiative taken by local police authorities, mainly the traffic wing. Police officials admitted the idea has not worked because the stickers don’t remain for very long and the number of cattle is very high.

In-charge of Balaghat traffic police station Kailash Chouhan said the idea will not succeed unless municipal authorities are involved. “It’s not easy to put stickers because some cows chase the policemen,” he said.

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App

  1. A
    Abhinav Gour
    Aug 24, 2016 at 4:51 am
    Beef Ban effects have started to show up... Farmers are at loss and the Cattle surplus have been left to Roam the Roads... Disasters are waiting to Happen when these Cattle sstart invading the Rail Tracks and Highways in Large Numbers
    (0)(0)
    Reply
    1. N
      Natraj
      Aug 24, 2016 at 9:10 am
      Everyone has a ‘sacred cow’. Even the American who ridicules the Indian’s opposition to cow slaughter. Here, the American’s ‘sacred cow’ is the horse.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Horse slaughter is effective banned in the US through a convoluted budget tactic while two bills are pending before the US Congress to make it permanent. Really? So how are Muslims going to eat horse meat in US?
      (0)(0)
      Reply
      1. D
        Defense.Defense
        Aug 24, 2016 at 9:46 am
        BJP's COW protection plan.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Ignore human deaths.
        (0)(0)
        Reply
        1. D
          Defense.Defense
          Aug 24, 2016 at 9:43 am
          You have a COW ard problem!
          (0)(0)
          Reply
          1. M
            missionary Mole
            Aug 24, 2016 at 9:08 am
            Stop scaring. In USA horse meat is banned. So are farmers and horse owners in trouble? Can you bulldoze and say you have a right to eat horse? F you.
            (0)(0)
            Reply
            1. Load More Comments