COW POLITICS: 150+ cows dead; Gau-Rakshaks not seen protecting their mothers
Raipur, Chattisgarh: A group of youth Congress workers yesterday smeared ink on Mr Verma’s face when he was being taken to jail from the court, a police official in Durg said. The police later arrested seven youth Congress workers in connection with the incident, he said.
A total of 17 cows have died in about a week in three different shelters in Raipur, believably due to negligence. In this regard nine officials, including two deputy directors of Chattisgarh Animal Husbandry have been suspended immediately.
Chhattisgarh Rajya Gau Sewa Ayog chairman Bisheshar Patel claimed that 52 deaths had taken place at Shagun gaushala in Rajpur village of Durg district, 106 at Phoolchand gaushala and 15 at Mayuri gaushala in Godmarra and Rano villages respectively of Bemetara district.
“173 cows died in three government-aided gaushala (cow shelter) in Durg and Bemetara districts of the state in nearly seven days,” Patel claimed.
Taking cognisance, state Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Minister Brijmohan Agrawal has suspended nine officers of the department for “negligence in discharging their duties” and issued a show cause notice to Gau Sewa Aayog’s secretary, a government statement said.
Reportedly the Minister Incharge SK Pandey has sought a detailed report on the incident.
Chhattisgarh Rajya Gau Sewa Ayog had lodged a police complaint alleging lack of proper facilities and management at his facility.
Besides, several cows from Shagun gaushala were being shifted in the nearby shelters, the official said. The shelter was overcrowded as 599 bovines were housed there.
Verma, booked under relevant provisions of the Chhattisgarh Agricultural Cattle Preservation Act 2004, Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960 and IPC section 409 (criminal breach of trust), was yesterday produced in a Durg court which remanded him in judicial custody, a police official said.
A group of youth Congress workers yesterday smeared ink on Mr Verma’s face when he was being taken to jail from the court, a police official in Durg said. The police later arrested seven youth Congress workers in connection with the incident, he said.