Greater Noida: Locals are using state-run schools in Uttar Pradesh to vent their anger at several places across the state including the Mahawad village in Badalpur area of Greater Noida. Going by reports, enraged villagers decided to lock up stray cattle inside a government primary school in the village as a mark of protest against the police’s inability to stop the animals from destroying the crops of local farmers.
Shedding light on the situation, the head of Mahawad village told Hindustan Times that the problem of stray cattle causing harm to the crops of local farmers has persisted for two-three years now. Villagers decided to lock at least 80 cows and bulls inside the school since we cannot harm the animals and our pleas to the local administration fell on deaf ears, added the village head, Pramod Sharma.
The animals were released from the school building only after local police officials reached the spot and requested villagers to set them free. Station house officer at the Badalpur police station, Nagendra Chaubey said that representatives of private cow shelters also came forward to assist the law enforcement’s efforts to free the cows and bulls.
Responding to the allegations, senior manager of the Greater Noida Authority’s health department, Vikas Kumar was quoted as saying that Mahawad village does not fall under its jurisdiction. The settlement has a Pradhan which puts it under the domain of the administration, he adds. District magistrate BN Singh has also assured villagers that an inquiry will be made into the matter in order to ensure that farmers do not suffer the wrath of stray animals.