PATNA: Around 250 blue bulls, popularly known as “nilgais”, have been killed by a team of shooters in one of the biggest culling drive in the eastern Indian state of Bihar.
The blue bulls which are the largest Asian antelopes have been shot dead in Mokama, Ghoswari, Pandarak and Barh blocks of Patna district over the past four days.
They have been killed for destroying the standing crops of the farmers. This part of the state is known as the “pulse bowls” of Bihar.
The shooters, however, spared the female blue bulls. More than 2,000 others were driven back to the nearby forests by a team of shooters from Hyderabad led by S Ali Khan.
Authorities say the animals often get attracted to the lush green fields in search of fodders but end up destroying the crops.
Bihar has now granted permission to the farmers to shoot the rampaging animals, alarmed at the growing menace.
The government has also announced to give compensation to the farmers at the rate of Rs 500 per cartridge used to kill the animals, apart from Rs 1000 for their burial.
Image Caption: Shooters in action
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