AN OBNOXIOUS smell emanating from the far off portion of Meghdoot Upvan led to the discovery of several animal carcasses including that of seven pigs, a dog and a peacock today.
According to garden in-charge Iqbal Khan, some employees had alerted him in the morning to the foul smell at the lands end of the campus normally avoided by visitors and employees. He had directed officials to investigate the cause of the smell on which the carcasses were found lying near a dried up nullah - part of which passes through the extreme portion of the campus.
Civic authorities were informed of the incident and the animal squad of the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) took the bodies to the veterinary hospital at Chhawni where an autopsy was performed by veterinarian Dr Prashant Tiwari. The report is likely to be submitted tomorrow.
Khan said that probably the animals had eaten some toxic substance and wandered off into the secluded nullah area. He said that people from the lower income group lived in the nearby colonies of Ram Nagar and Meghdoot Nagar and some one could in all likelihood have poisoned the animals.
Although, the park campus was enclosed by walls, the area in this particular sector had been broken by miscreants. Sometime back the park authorities had repaired the wall, which was again broken by unidentified persons after which a police complaint was lodged.
It has emerged that a wall on the nullah caused flooding in Ram Nagar colony because of which people had been against the wall.
Recently, local corporator Suresh Kurwade had ordered a hole dug in the wall for allowing free flow of water during monsoons. The gaping hole and the green grass available as ready fodder was like an open invitation to certain people residing in these colonies who engaged in the profession of raising pigs.
The pigs were causing havoc within the campus about which authorities had been notified on several counts. As a result a shooting squad had been sent by the IMC twice but could not stop this practice. Other stray animals were also getting free access inside the park, which could have caused this incident.