Villagers force students, teachers out of school, herd stray cattle
(Sourced from PTI)
A case has been registered against 24 people for allegedly evicting students and teachers of a government primary school in Uttar Pradesh to keep stray cows, officials said today. It has been alleged that villagers in Kudana brought the cows inside the school yesterday and closed it, Shamli District Magistrate Akhilesh Kumar said. Of the 24 people, four have been identified, Kumar added.
The four men who were identified are Pawanvir, Omperkash, Rohtash and Brijlal. Cops started acting after receiving a complaint of the education department, which has said students and teachers were told to vacate the school by villagers who herded stray cows inside the campus. Classes were conducted outside the school after the villagers forced their way in, a teacher said, requesting anonymity.
The villagers disrupted school work. Police are searching for them, Kumar said. Superintendent of Police, Shamli, Ajay Kumar Pandey said strict action will be taken against the villagers who disrupted school work by confining stray cows inside the institute. Farmers in the state are faced with the problem of stray cows damaging their crops. They have been demanded a solution to the problem.
In December, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had directed officials to make immediate arrangements for proper care of stray cows within a week. Besides asking officials to make 750 cows shelters set up at the Zilla Panchayat level functional, he had also directed them that proper fodder, shed and drinking facilities should be provided to the bovines both in rural and urban areas