CARCASSES OF OVER 50 COWS FOUND IN JALAUN
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.