Etawah: Etawah administration has registered cases against 80 people for allegedly locking stray cattle inside a school in Usrahar, reported ANI on Friday.

ADM Jitendra Kumar Kushwaha said, “Strict action will be taken against people who are indulging in such activities.”

The menace of stray cattle is so rampant that people in different districts have taken to locking them in schools. In Muzaffarnagar, a case was registered against 24 people for allegedly evicting students and teachers of a government primary school to keep stray cows.

Villagers in Kudana brought the cows inside the school a couple of days ago and closed it, Shamli District Magistrate Akhilesh Kumar said.

Classes were conducted outside the school after the villagers forced their way in along with stray cows, a teacher said, requesting anonymity.

The villagers disrupted school work. Police are searching them, he said.

Shamli Superintendent of Police Ajay Kumar Pandey said strict action will be taken against those who disrupted school work.

Farmers in the state have been complaining about strays and seeking government help.

In December, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had directed officials to make immediate arrangements for proper care of stray cows within a week.

Besides asking officials to make 750 cows shelters set up at the Zilla Panchayat level functional, he had also directed them that fodder, shed and drinking facilities should be provided to the bovines both in rural and urban areas.

The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet has also empowered the urban and rural civic bodies to run temporary shelters to take care of stray cattle. A policy decision to this effect was taken in a Cabinet meeting, a government spokesperson said.

He said with machines taking over the traditional methods of agriculture, cattle owners often abandoned their livestock, leading to problems like damage to crops, traffic disruptions and road accidents.