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UP: 8 Officials Booked After 10 Cows Found Dead at Cow Shelter

By: Sashwata Saha
25 Dec 2020 10:19:40 AM Journalist, Newshound India Desk

Police have booked eight officials, days after 10 animals were found dead and not disposed of at a temporary cow shelter in Saujana village in Mahroni tehsil of Uttar Pradesh's Lalitpur district, PTI reported on Thursday. Authorities said that the cattle had died under mysterious circumstances last week.

 

On Wednesday, a case was lodged against the aforementioned eight people based on a complaint lodged by the shelter’s chief veterinary officer (CVO) Krishan Shakya at the Mahroni police station to circle officer (CO) Phool Chand Yadav.

 

The CO was quoted by the news agency “District Panchayati Raj Officer Avdhesh Singh, and Block Development Officer Sunil Kumar Singh are among those against whom the case has been registered. So, far, we have made no arrests in this connection. The matter is being probed.”

 

Others named in the FIR include forest officer Abdul Shamir Ansari, Animal husbandry officer Ranjit Kumar Kushwaha, revenue inspector Manohar Rajput, lekhpal Ghanshyam Sen, gram panchayat adhikari Saurabh Yadav and gram pradhan Ajayvir Vikram.

 

Meanwhile, the District Magistrate Dinesh Kumar has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the death of cattle and failure to properly dispose of their carcasses with Mahroni Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Mohammad Kamar and Madawara SDM SP Singh leading the investigation.

 

The DM has already suspended an animal husbandry officer, a gram panchayat adhikari and a lekhpal (revenue officer) in connection with the incident.

 

The Congress took this opportunity to launch an attack on the Chief Minister, with Priyanka Gandhi on Monday saying, “Before coming to power, you [Yogi Adityanath] had talked of ‘Gau-Vansh raksha’ (cow protection) and setting up of ‘Gaushalas.’ The truth is that your government has completely failed in this regard. Cows are being maltreated. Cow shelters have been opened but the truth is that cows are not given water and fodder and there is complete insensitivity towards them. The entire system is gripped in corruption.”

 

The last time UP cow shelters had come to face similar flak was in July 2019 when 70 cows were found dead in shelters across Ayodhya, Pratapgarh and Prayagraj. Eight officials had been suspended from their posts in the aftermath.   

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