The makers of TV commercial “MP sabse gajab hai” would certainly not have a police station housing more than 500 cows in mind while coining this slogan. But the Susner police station in MP’s Agar Malwa district is unique the way it takes care of stray cows.
Susner police station in-charge Rajendra Chaturvedi recently adopted a calf and honoured it at a function of the department. The calf has been named Laalu because of its red colour.
“Laalu was born on a cold night about 15 days ago. When I saw that after giving birth to Laalu inside the police station premises, the mother cow was attempting to kill it, I saved the calf. The next day I called a veterinary doctor, because Laalu had sustained injuries in the attack by the mother cow. Subsequently, I and other policemen of the police station decided to adopt the calf,” said Chaturvedi.
Local residents call Susner police station as “police goshala” as it houses more than 500 bovines.
Chaturvedi said that there was no cow shelter in Susner area and even after many attempts by the locals the shelter had not been constructed by the administration.
“More than 500 stray bovines live on the police station premises. Police provide them water, and some time fodder also,” he said.
Recently, a farewell function was organised for some policemen where Laalu was also honored. “We garlanded Laalu on the occasion as everyone loves the calf. I had posted the photograph on Facebook which became viral and people are taking interest in knowing more about Laalu,” said Chaturvedi.
Susner sub-divisional magistrate DS Davar told HT that Chaturvedi should be appreciated for his work. “People should learn from these policemen,” he added.