Jajpur, July 22 (LocalWire): Around 19 cattle died when a vehicle carrying them overturned at Rathia Chhack on the National Highway 16 under Dharmasala police station of Jajpur district on Monday morning while they were being transported to Kolkata from Khordha.
While the police rushed to the spot and seized the vehicle, the driver of the vehicle managed to flee from the spot.
The police have, however, detained the owner of the vehicle that was illegally shipping the cattle, the Jajpur sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) Kedar Sahoo said, adding that they are further investigating the case.
Tension mounted in Rathia Chhack and its nearby areas after the locals found dead cows from the vehicle at the accident spot.
The animals were packed out in the vehicle and some of them were trampled upon by others as there was little space. “A rope was tied to the animals’ nose and their tip was fastened to the iron clip on both sides of the vehicle,” Bhaskar Behera, a tea shop owner near Radhia Chhack said.
“The Animal Welfare Act states that not more than six head of cattle should be loaded into a lorry or any vehicle. In order to prevent any injury and ensure that the cattle do not get frightened, they should be kept facing the engine part of the vehicle.
Similarly, padding should be provided on all sides of the vehicle to avoid any injury to the animals,” Peoples for Animal district unit secretary Sudhanshu Parida stated commenting on the arrangements mandated for such transfer.