A speeding car crushed 24 sheep to death over Abdullah Bridge here and wounded as many when a flock was being herded across Jhelum by Bakewals, police said Friday.
The incident happened around half past midnight Thursday when a speeding car with registration plate HR 02AG 2240 rammed into the slowly moving flock of sheep.
“We ceased the vehicle and arrested the driver. An FIR has also been registered for rash and negligent driving,” Station House Officer of Kothi Bagh Police Station said.
Netizens were quick to react to the incident with grief soon after photos of the mowed sheep went viral over social media.
“Terrible incident! Rash driving of vehicles during night not only threatens life of livestock but of those also who travel during night, strict punishment will act as deterrent,” Faisal, a netizen wrote on twitter.
Leaders of Gujjar and Bakarwal community say huge losses are inflicted every year on the community by such recurring incidents due to rash driving and that more was needed to be done for compensating the livestock herders.
“Last year around 90 sheep were crushed to death by truck at Mughal Road and later that year another incident took place in Ramban. These herdsmen come from poor background and most of the time they are raring sheep of other people who they have to compensate after such incidents,” said Zahid Parwaaz, president of Gujjar Barkarwal Youth Conference.
“There should be a proper insurance policy in place and strict action should be taken against those who are involved in killing livestock due to irresponsible driving.”
Every year hundreds of herdsmen make long journeys on foot moving their livestock between Jammu region of the state and high pastures of Kashmir for grazing. Scores of sheep are similarly killed during the transition both ways.