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THE CATTLE-TRESPASS ACT, 1871

Title : THE CATTLE-TRESPASS ACT, 1871

Year : 1871



The cultivator or occupier of any land, (Cattle damaging land.)
or any person who has advanced cash for the cultivation of the crop or produce on any land,or the vendee or mortgagee of such crop or produce or any part thereof,may seize or cause to be seized any cattle trespassing on such land, and doing damage thereto or to any crop or produce thereon, and [Substitute by Act 1 of 1891, Section 3, for "take them or cause them to be taken without unnecessary delay".] [send them or cause them to be sent within twenty-four hours] to the pound established for the village in which the land is situate.

All officers of police shall, when required, aid in preventing (a) resistance to such seizures and (b) rescues from persons making such seizures.(Police to aid seizures.)

[As to the application of Section 11 to forest, see the Indian Forest Act, 1927 (17) of 1927), Section 70; to railways, see the Indian Railways Act, 1890 (9 of 1890) Section 125 (4)]



Persons in charge of public roads, pleasure-grounds, plantations, canals, drainage-works, embankments and the like and officers of police, may seize or cause to be seized any cattle doing damage to such roads, grounds, plantations, canals, drainage-works, embankments and the like, or the sides or slopes of such roads, canals, drainage-works or embankments or found straying thereon,
and shall [Substituted by Act 1 of 1891, Section 4, for "take them without unnecessary delay".] [send them or cause them to be sent within twenty-four hours] to the nearest pound.

[Substituted by Act 17 of 1921, Section 2, for the original Section 12 See Section 71 of the Indian Forest Act, 1927 (17 of 1927) under which the State Government may fix a different scale of fines for cattle impounded under Section 70 of that Act.]



For every head of cattle impounded as aforesaid, the pound-keepers shall levy a fine in accordance with the scale for the time being prescribed by the State Government in this behalf by notification in the Official Gazette.Different scales may be prescribed for different local areas.

All fines so levied shall be sent to the Magistrate of the District through such officer as the State Government may direct.
[List of fines and charges for feeding.]

A list of the fines and of the rates of charge for feeding and watering cattle shall be posted in a conspicuous place on or near to every pound.]

Last updated on July, 2016

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