BJP Leader Held After 27 Cows Die At His Shelter In Chhattisgarh

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| August 19 , 2017 , 14:19 IST

A Chhattisgarh BJP leader was on Saturday arrested by the police after 27 cows died in his government-aided gaushala, in Durg district within the last three days.

The incident came to light when the Chhattisgarh based Rajya Gau Sewa Aayog sent its team to the cow shelter run by BJP leader Harish Verma. The team alleged that the cows died due to the lack of proper facilities in the shelter.

Inspector General of Police, Dipanshu Kabra told the media, “Harish Verma, the cow shed owner, was arrested based on the complaint of the Chhattisgarh Rajya Gau Sewa Aayog.”

The IG told that Jamul Municipality Vice President Verma, has been booked under the section 4 and 6 of Chhattisgarh's Agricultural Cattle Preservation Act 2004 and section 11 of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960 and section 409 (criminal breach of trust) of the Indian Penal Code.

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Additional collector Sanjay Agarwal said, “In the last three days, 27 cows were reported to have died of unknown reasons in the gaushala of Rajpur. Around 500 bovines were housed in the government-aided shelter home. Soon after getting the news of the incident, a team of veterinary doctors was sent to the spot. The district administration has initiated an investigation to ascertain the cause behind deaths of the cows.”

Harish Verma, on the other hand, has claimed that the cows had died due to the collapse of a boundary wall on August 15.

“On August 15, several cows were injured in the Gaushala after the boundary wall collapsed due to heavy rains. Thereafter, 26 of them succumbed to injuries while treatment of some other cows is underway,” he said.

Police however, have said that the exact cause of the cows' death is yet to be ascertained. Blood samples of cows' carcasses have been sent to laboratories.

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Superintendent of Police Amresh Mishra said, “A case was registered today against Harish Verma in connection with the death of the cows at his gaushala in Rajpur village under Dhamdha police station limits.”

Meanwhile, Congress spokesperson for the state, RP Singh has demanded high-level probe into the incident alleging that “according to local villagers, around 300 cows have died of starvation and lack proper care as they were not fed properly in the gaushala.”