India, Jan. 11 -- As the deadline set by chief minister Yogi Adityanath to rid Uttar Pradesh roads of stray cattle expired on Thursday, cow-catchers stepped up their efforts under the supervision of senior state administration officials, but not a single district appeared to have even reached halfway close to the target.

In Gorakhpur, the chief minister's home town, municipal officials were left staring at the mammoth task of catching 2,000 stray animals on the last day. They managed to catch only 50.

Gorakhpur Municipal Corporation officials said only 600 of approximately 2,600 stray cattle could be caught in the last 79 days. In the absence of a cow shelter, the animals had to be shifted to Maharajganj. Such a facility is being constr...