A Delhi court, which on Monday refused to pass an order on a plea seeking release of a cow from the custody of Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to feed its starving calf, expressed shock over the death of 46,000 stray cattle in the custody of the civic agency in last three years.
“This is a shocking state of affairs. Isn’t it? More than 90 per cent cattle have died,” chief metropolitan magistrate (CMM) Vinod Yadav said.
The CMM, however, dismissed the application of Ved Prakash seeking release of his impounded cow from the custody of the civic agency on the ground that its two-and-half month old calf was starving.
The court took a strong note of the MCD reply to a query that out of 49,000 stray cattle seized by it, 46,000 have died in various 'Gaushalas’ maintained by the agency. It referred to the reply of the MCD in its order.
The civic agency picked up 49,874 stray cattle from January 1, 2007, to September 30, 2010, and out of them, 46,478 have died.