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UP: BDC member shot dead, violence triggered

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gun1By NewsGram Staff Writer

Lucknow: On Wednesday, a block development committee (BDC) member was shot in broad daylight at a market, sparking violence in Sultanpur in Uttar Pradesh.

The angry local residents went berserk over the murder and set two vehicles on fire. In addition, the mob pelted stones at the police and passing cars.

An official said that heavy police reinforcements were immediately rushed to the violence-hit area. According to available information, the BDC member of Walipur village, Jameel Ahmad was at his shop when three bike-borne assailants reached there and opened fire at him.

Ahmad escaped the first gunshot and rushed into a shop but the assailants were quick. They dragged him out and shot him five times, until Ahmad breathed his last.

Further, when shopkeepers tried to intercept the assailants, they brandished their weapons to scare the locals and sped away. The outraged residents blocked roads, attacked policemen and set vehicles on fire soon after the incident.

The body was sent for a post-mortem and senior police officials later reached the crime scene. Locals alleged that Ahmad was killed owing to the impending Panchayat polls scheduled for next month.

The investigation is still on. Police said they are probing all angles. No arrests have been made so far.

 

(With inputs from IANS)

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Yogi Adityanath Government in Uttar Pradesh Offering Cows for Adoption

The state government will pay a sum of Rs 30 per day to the person who adopts a cow for maintenance

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Yogi Adityanath, Government, Uttar Pradesh
This is being done to check the growing problem of stray cows. Pixabay

The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh is now offering cows for adoption. This is being done to check the growing problem of stray cows.

The state government will pay a sum of Rs 30 per day to the person who adopts a cow for maintenance. People living in semi-urban and rural areas can adopt up to four stray cows, bulls and calves.

The scheme called the ‘Nirashrit/Besahara Govansh Sahbhagita Yojana’ was introduced on August 8 for management of stray cattle, but the execution order was issued on September 9.

The response has been overwhelming with the Lucknow administration having received 1,500 applications by Wednesday evening.

Yogi Adityanath, Government, Uttar Pradesh
The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh is now offering cows for adoption. Pixabay

Chief veterinary officer Tej Singh Yadav said, “We have received 1,500 adoption applications, mostly from farmers and landless daily wage earners. The scheme will add to their income and will help control stray cattle, responsible for damaging crops in villages and causing accidents in city.”

Of the 24,940 animals caught so far in Lucknow district, 9,079 have been ear-tagged and are available for adoption.

Over 4,400 are available with Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC), followed by 895 in Mohanlalganj, 833 in Maal and 789 in Malihabad blocks in the state.

According to LMC director (animal welfare) Arvind Rao, “The process of verification is underway and we will hand over the animals to deserving applicants in 15 days.”

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The state veterinary department will also conduct regular inspection of foster homes. “If an animal is sick, the owner will have to inform the department, which will arrange for free treatment. However, in case of death, a postmortem will be done to ascertain the cause and action will be taken if there is a foul play,” he explained.

Officials denied that Rs 30 per day was insufficient to feed a cow and said that non-crop fields on the outskirts of the city would allow foster homes to easily feed the adopted animal. The money can be saved. It will be an additional source of income for the poor families, they said.

The animals are being ear-tagged for easy identification if abandoned after adoption. “(IANS)