Farmer refuses to watch ex-SI, the crop of stray cattle is shot at

KANPUR: Stray cattle are now posing a serious threat to law and order situation in the region. A 60-year-old farmer was allegedly shot at and injured after a retired sub-inspector of police allegedly opened fire at him for refusing to guard his field from stray cattle in Churbura village under Kotwali police area in Mahoba district on Wednesday night.
As per police, a farmer, Moolchandra, who had gone to his fields to guard crop from stray cattle, was allegedly asked by the retired SI, Ram Sajeewan Prajapati, who owns 14 to 15 bighas of agricultural land in the village, to also guard his crop from stray animals.

“When Moolchandra refused, the SI opened fire at him from his licensed gun, leaving the farmer injured,” said Inspector Kotwali Amit Bhadana. The injured farmer has been admitted to the district hospital and his condition is out of danger, he added.

Police have initiated investigation after receiving a complaint in this regard. “We will take the farmer’s statement, besides we are also awaiting his medical report. Once the probe is over, we will register a case against the guilty under relevant sections of IPC,” police said adding the SI was being questioned.

Police added that following the incident, police and PAC were deployed in the village.

Stray cattle are causing havoc in agricultural fields in the region in the ongoing rabi season these days. The farmers sow wheat, gram, mustard and pea in the ongoing season.