The Health Department had recovered Rs 12,28,959 from the 2718 strayed animal owners during the fiscal 2012-13. Similarly, during April 1, 2013-July 25,2013 period of this fiscal a total of 616 stray animals were “arrested” and Rs 1,75, 308 were recovered from the owners till June, 2013. Similarly, police have booked three owners of 13 stray animals.
Nagpur News: The stray animal menace drew the attention of Mayor Anil Sole who immediately called a meeting to shoo way the problem. The meeting , who attended apart from the Mayor, include the Ruling Party Leader in NMC Pravin Datke, Chairman of Medical and Health Committee Ramesh Shingare, Corporators Munna Yadav, Deepak Patel, Deputy Director (Health) Milind Ganvir and others.
The Mayor took the serious note of the stray animal menace issue and directed immediate and firm action to get rid of the stray animals from the city roads. Accordingly, ten teams under the leadership of Divisional Officer of Health Department have been formed the Zone-wise. The ten teams in all the ten Zones would coordinate with Kondwada Department which keeps the caught animals in Kanji Houses or Kondwada.
The ten teams, each one for a Zone, have started catching the strayed animals in their respective Zones. Initially the teams keep the caught animals in the Zone offices. The animals are then shifted to Kanzi Houses or Kondwada by the department’s tractor-trailers. The traffic police will file an offence against the owners of the animals caught by the NMC squads. The all-police protection would be provided to the teams catching the strayed animals. Few days ago a team was assaulted by some youths in the Hill Top area when the team members were catching the strayed animals in the area.
The Health Department had recovered Rs 12,28,959 from the 2718 strayed animal owners during the fiscal 2012-13. Similarly, during April 1, 2013-July 25,2013 period of this fiscal a total of 616 stray animals were “arrested” and Rs 1,75, 308 were recovered from the owners till June, 2013.
The Nagpur traffic police, too, have been become active as was witnessed recently when the Indora Police Station (Traffic) PSI Thakur and two other policemen helped the NMC team catch 13 strayed animals which were proving a terrible menace to smooth traffic. The NMC and police action follows a report and a conclusive photograph flashed by Nagpur Taday headlined “Cops turn Cowboys; Cows rule the roads.” Better Late Than Never.
The 13 animals caught by police and the NMC team were then transported to Dharampeth-based Kanzi House. The names of the stray animal owners who freed their animals were then forwarded to Police Department and on the Assistant Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Gawande’s directive PSI M S Thakur booked the three owners Hanif Khannu Sheikh, Nikhil Prem Done, and Azim Abdul Rashid Qureshi and handed over the case to Pachpaoli police for further action. Moreover the Assistant Commissioner of Police (Traffic) has ordered such kind of cooperation to NMC teams in future, too.
However, possible bottom line could be: Police should “arrest” the real animals, and not the gentle giants enjoying “meetings” bang on middle of the roads and posing hazards to smooth traffic. Once the real animals get started “arrested” the stray animals would also vanish and would stay at their homes with the real animals.