Rajpur (Chhattisgarh): Amidst reports that more than 200 cows have died in last few days in a Gaushala in Chattisgarh's Rajpur, BJP leader and Gaushala incharge Harish Verma accused the state government for the mess and said his appeals for funds were met with deaf ears.
"My cow shelter is overcrowded. There are more than 650 cows against the capacity of 220. I had intimated the government many a times that I am not able feed them, but all went in vain. More than Rs. 10 lakh meant for the cow shelter is pending with the government and they have not granted it till now. I am not guilty for the deaths", Vermas said while talking to reporters Friday.
Meanwhile, Dhamda block sub-divisional magistrate Rajesh Patre, after visiting the cow shelter confirmed the deaths and said that the cows died either due to starvation or lack of proper care.
"A four-member team led by deputy director of animal husbandry was constituted to probe into the causes of death and the reports of post-mortem. We have done post mortem for the cows, reports are awaited but prima facie it seems proper care of the cows was not taken. The exact death figures are yet to ascertained and investigation was on", according to ANI.
"Villagers claimed that more than 200 cows died in last few days because of lack of fodder, which seems to be true. We will submit a detailed report to the district magistrate and action would be taken accordingly," he said.
Rajpur's Sarpanch Pati Sevaram Sahu had earlier alleged that he found many trenches were being dug to bury the dead cows lying around, which made them suspicious.
"We noticed JCB machines operating near the cow shelter two days ago and informed media persons. When we reached here, we found that many trenches were being dug to bury the dead cows lying around. The cows buried near the shelter are yet to be exhumed," he said.
The number of cows in shelters across India has seen a sudden rise in recent years as the BJP governments in New Delhi and different states have started crackdown on cow slaughter. There have also been incidences of lynching of Muslims and Dalits in the fabricated cases of cow slaughter.