An agitated stray cow hit a 60-year-old man in the ribcage, smashed him against the ground and mauled him to death near his Sector 16, Prashant Vihar home in northwest Delhi on Wednesday, even as his family, policemen and bystanders watched in horror.
Gurnam Singh was on his way to the neighbouring police post when the incident occurred. “The cow tore into his stomach and struck him with her head. I threw stones at the cow to save him but couldn’t stop her,” said Singh’s wife Gurbachan Kaur.
Singh, a retired driver, was going to the police post to verify a form for enrolling his granddaughter in the Delhi government’s Laadli scheme that would have funded her education.
The cow also charged at bystanders who were trying to help Singh, injuring three of them, eyewitnesses said. The police said they have registered a case of causing death due to negligence against dairy owner Pawan for letting the cow roam about in the open.
“The cow had given birth to a calf a few hours ago and the dairy owner was taking both of them back to his shed. The cow became agitated because of some noise on the street,” said a senior police officer.
The diary owner was absconding till late evening, the officer said.
Singh’s relatives plan to hold a massive proteston on Wednesday.
“We have complained to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi about the dairy owner since he sets about 150 cows free every evening. Now we will take Singh’s body to Jantar Mantar to protest,” said Amarjeet Kaur, Singh’s daughter, a widow.