Raipur, August 18: More than 200 cows have died in a Gaushala located at Chhattisgarh’s Durg due to starvation. Speaking to news agency ANI, Pati Seva Ram Sahu, the Sarpanch of Rajpur village on Friday confirmed the deaths saying it happened in the past two days. He alleged that it all happened due to the negligence of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Harish Verma, who is the cow shelter owner. Around 50 cows are being treated which are reported to be in a critical condition.
Verma has been running the shelter for the past seven years and is the president of Jamul Nagar Nigam, reported Hindustan Times. Most of the dead cows have been buried near the shelter, alleged villagers. Cops arrested the BJP leaders by imposing charges under 4 and 6 of Chhattisgarh Agricultural Cattle Preservation Act 2004, Section 11 of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960 and Section 409 of Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Pati Seva Ram Sahu, the Sarpanch of Rajpur village.
As per the examination conducted by doctors, the cows died due to starvation and lack of medicines. But according to Verma the wall of the shelter collapsed two days ago due to which the cows died. Rajesh Patre the local sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) told HT that allegations made by the villagers seem to be true and a report would be submitted to district magistrate so that a proper action can be taken.
Verma claimed that he received no help from the state government despite raising his voice for the past two years. ” With 650 cows in the arms of the shelter, it was overcrowded as it can fit in only 220. Despite making several appeals to the government my plea was unheard,” said Verma. The BJP leader further stated that he demanded the Raman Singh government to provide Rs 10 lakh that is meant for cow shelter as he wasn’t able to feed them but the amount failed to reach him.