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Cow on rampage, kills one

By Our Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI, JULY 13.

The menace of stray cattle in the Capital was again highlighted when a cow attacked several persons -- killing one of them and injuring at least three -- in the Rajendra Nagar area of Central Delhi. Finally, it took about a dozen cops to catch the animal which had gone berserk.

The cow first attacked an elderly businessman, Mr Charan Chanana, behind the Delhi Vidyut Board office in R-Block of New Rajendra Nagar at about 11 a.m. on Wednesday while he was going to deposit his electricity bill.

Recovering from the shock of the attack, Mr Chanana said: ``I had got down from my car and was moving towards the bank, when I was lifted from behind by something and thrown into the air. As I fell flat on the ground, I saw a white cow behind. Again it came charging at me and before I could apprehend what was happening, it gored me twice.''

But before the cow -- which had already injured the elderly man in his left arm, barely inches from his heart -- could again hit him, Mr Chanana caught her by the horns and kicked with his right leg. This surprised the cow and it beat a retreat, only to charge at a passer-by, who somehow managed to flee.

Mr Chanana said he considered himself lucky as he got away with just three stitches. ``I just dread the thought of what would have happened had I not been able to thwart the cow in its designs.''

An elderly construction worker, Tafazul Hussein, was not so lucky. The man suffered serious head injuries when the cow attacked him at about 1-30 p.m. in the same colony. Hussein -- a resident of Lajpat Nagar -- was first taken to Ganga Ram Hospital and then referred to Lohia Hospital, where he died this morning.

The Rajendra Nagar police said two others -- 60-year-old Phool Devi, a resident of Double Storey, Lajpat Nagar, and five-year- old Prem Bai, a resident of R-Block, New Rajendra Nagar jhuggies -- were also injured by the ferocious cow. Both were admitted to Ganga Ram Hospital with bruises and gashes. They were discharged after treatment.

Following this attack, the police initially tried to seek help from the civic authorities but when no response came, they decided to catch the cow on their own. ``People wanted us to act and act fast,'' said an area officer.

At about 7 p.m., a dozen police personnel, led by the Station House Officer, started their operation for nabbing the cow in a service lane near the J.D. Tytler School. ``We had put up pipes near the gate of the school to prevent the escape of the cow from that side. The cow was thus trapped between a row of houses and the fencing which demarcated the Ridge.''

Watched and egged on by hundreds of people, the police personnel then gradually inched their way towards the cow. But the animal was no easy prey. It took the cops nearly 45 minutes to overpower and subdue it. A lasso thrown by Head Constable Naresh from behind the fencing helped the policemen rein in the cow, which was subsequently pinned to the ground and tied.

But it was only after four hours, that the Municipal Corporation of Delhi personnel arrived to take the cow away in a truck to the relief of the residents and the police alike.

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