Thursday, September 14, 2017

STORY OF STRAY DOGS , NETS AND MATTAN ( KASHMIR ) TOWN


                                                                 
                                          ( Photo source ... The  Hindu Newspaper )



Stray Dogs under stress. Running away from nets.

Jammu Municipality launches drive to catch stray dogs with hand held nets. Saw yesterday Many safai karamcharis running after dogs with hand held nets.

What is to be done to dogs that get trapped ? Are these poor animals to be Sterilized ?


I am reminded of 1988 when something strange happened at Mattan town in Kashmir .
One Ramesh kumar  was posted in BDO's office and assigned to look after cleanliness of shops and eatables in Mattan Bazaar  . I don't remember his designation but we used to call him “ Ward Officer” .  Many friends told me that he was a sanitary inspector .He would be seen inside a milk seller's shop gulping curd Lassi free . Quite often this hospitality was extended to me and a common friend and engineer Mr  Bamzai.

Ramesh ji would also take home mutton free from Hassan butcher who had a shop just opposite our  branch .  Many times I would see him gossiping with the butcher .This butcher had a truck loan with our Bank branch which was irregular . I would keep visiting his shop for recovery and he would always show me some prescription or relate some problem as the reason for his default . He would conclude :
“ Ba dimma jaldhaai   Soruyii bamaai sood Hyaath “ or “ “ Very soon .I will repay all with up to date Interest. “
That “ very soon “ never saw the light of the day till I remained posted at Mattan  Branch of the bank .

There were lot of stray dogs in Mattan those days. Some residents had also been attacked by these dogs.  Accordingly , it was decided by BDO’s  office to end this dog menace and a contract was awarded to Hassan Butcher .This contract was secured by Hassan Butcher with active help and inside cooperation from Ramesh ji. Ramesh ji and Hassan butcher had  planned a novel and cheap  way to get rid of dogs. Hassan butcher stored mutton waste and bones etc from his shop for two / three days and then, as planned , he threw some pieces outside his shop . So many dogs collected  and busied themselves in the  devouring the liberal feast offered by Hassan butcher .At that moment ,  Hassan Butcher  brought his truck , opened the back side plank and made a ramp for  the dogs to walk in to the truck.. He then threw bones and mutton waste into the truck's back side. Both Ramesh ji ,Hassan butcher and another Employee from the BDO’s  office guided dogs to go into the truck with pieces if mutton being flung inside . When sufficient number of dogs were enjoying the mutton and bone pieces in the truck, the scheming contractor and his helpers closed the back of the truck and carried the dogs to Sangam Bridge Bijbihara ( about 20 kms ) and let them jump out. The exercise was repeated. People heaved a sigh of relief as no dog was seen on  that Saturday in Mattan Bazaar .

Since it  was Saturday and we closed the Bank at 2 PM and I would invariably   rush to my family at srinagar . That Saturday , Ramesh ji and his friends stayed back for a grand party from earnings of this dog contract that had been executed almost free by Hassan Butcher.

 When I  resumed on Monday morning I  found a  noisy crowd outside Hassan Butcher's shop. I  also came to know that Ramesh ji had already been given a good thrashing by National Conference Leader Mustafa Bodha and his nephews in main Bazaar of Mattan. Dogs had enjoyed all the mutton and bones  from Hassan butcher’s shop  but had   walked back to Mattan town from Bijbihara on Sunday . On Monday , They were roaming as usual in Mattan town.

( Autar Mota)


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