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KAN­PUR : Over 50 cows and their calves were found dead in jun­gles be­hind the big­gest gaushala (cow shel­ter) of Jalaun, about 150 km from Kan­pur, on Fri­day, an ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cial said.

Sub-divi­sional mag­is­trate Vikas Kashyap said the cows and their calves died over a pe­riod of time at Ja­gat Janini Gaushala and the gaushala au­thor­i­ties dumped the bod­ies in the jun­gle.

The car­casses were buried at one place hur­riedly after­wards, he said. “There were bod­ies (car­casses) and skele­tons, suggest­ing they died in the last one to six months. Po­lice are look­ing into the deaths,” he said.

The gaushala run by Ra­jen­dra Gau­dass for the last one year has about 500 cows. Lo­cals in­formed po­lice that the cow shel­ter takes care of cat­tle, which are re­leased in Bun­delk­hand in the open to sur­vive on their own as part of the drought-prone re­gion’s ‘anna patha’ wherein cows are aban­doned, es­pe­cially dur­ing sum­mer. Some lo­cals al­leged in the pres­ence of of­fi­cials that the an­i­mals died of hunger, a charge Ra­jen­dra Gau­dass de­nied.

“This gaushala is spend­ing ₹6,000 per day on upkeep of the an­i­mals, it doesn’t get any grant from gov­ern­ment and de­pends on do­na­tions from farm­ers,” he said.

“The car­casses were dumped in the jun­gle be­cause we can­not af­ford to spend Rs 2000 on a JCB ma­chine,” he said.

Ad­di­tional SP, Jalaun, Suren­dra Nath Ti­wari said the cows ap­par­ently died of ail­ments and in­juries. The po­lice did not go for au­topsy as the car­casses seemed old, he said.

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