Mathura, 2019.01.13 (VT): A 15-year-old boy, Deepak, was killed by a bull while guarding his farm in Baldeo’s Patlauni village. The violent animal also attacked other people who ran to help the boy.
Villagers had to resort to using sticks and wooden logs to somehow control the angry bull and lock it up in a nearby school. It was left in the forest in an unconscious state after being anesthetized by the local vet.
The deceased boy’s father, Chandrapal, informed that Deepak had gone to guard the field around 8 in the morning. On seeing the bull enter his farm, he tried to chase it away, but the animal got violent and attacked him.
Farmers working in neighbouring fields rushed to save the boy, but to no avail. Having suffered serious injuries, Deepak was taken to Agra where doctors declared him dead.
Baldeo Police, Upma Pandey (Mahavan SDM), PP Singh (CEO Mahavan), and Rajkumar Tomar (Dist. President, Bhartiya Kisan Union) were present at the scene. Villagers demanded compensation for Deepak’s father.
The problem with stray cattle seems to be getting worse with each passing day. Another Patlauni resident, Bhagwan Singh (62) was mauled by a bull last week. He is currently undergoing treatment.
Farmers will organise a ‘Kisan Mahapanchayat’ on January 16 to discuss matters.
The government has promised help in the form of state-run cow shelters. Recently a ‘Gau Kalyan Cess’ was imposed on various sources of state revenue to fund the project.
The state has already provided Rs 1 billion to the local bodies, with each of the 75 districts getting Rs 12 million. The revenue will be used to construct temporary cow shelters which will be managed by respective village, block and district-level Panchayats and urban local bodies (Nagar Panchayat, Nagar Nigam, and Nagar Palika). Each shelter will be equipped to support 1000 cattle.