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Chhattisgarh: 200 cows starve to death at 'gaushala' run by BJP leader

The leader dusted off allegations stating that he had been seeking financial support for the shelter

ANI  |  Rajpur (Chhattisgarh) 

In yet another incident of neglect in cow shelters, over 200 died in two days due to and lack of proper care in a in Chattisgarh's Rajpur, as villagers claimed on Friday.

The is run by Harish Verma, who is also the vice president of Jamul Nagar Nigam. He has been running the shelter for the last seven years.

However, Verma dusted off the allegations stating that he had been seeking financial support for the shelter from the state for the past two years but nothing worked out.

Speaking to the reporters, Verma said, "My is overcrowded. There are more than 650 against the capacity of 220. I had intimated the many a times that I am not able feed them, but all went in vain. More than Rs. 10 lakh meant for the is pending with the and they have not granted it till now. I am not guilty for the deaths".

Rajpur's Sarpanch Pati Sevaram Sahu alleged that he found many trenches were being dug to bury the dead lying around, which made them suspicious.

"We noticed J.

C. Bamford (JCB) machines operating near the two days ago and informed media persons. When we reached here, we found that many trenches were being dug to bury the lying around. The cows buried near the shelter are yet to be exhumed," he said.

Further, Dhamda block sub-divisional magistrate Rajesh Patre, after visiting the cow shelter confirmed the deaths and said that the cows died either due to 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 was on".

"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.

First Published: Sat, August 19 2017. 15:17 IST