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At government-run shelter in Udaipur, 125 cow deaths in six months

The shelter with the capacity to hold 250 cattle heads is currently housing 350 bovines, including 226 cows and 69 bulls.

jaipur Updated: Jul 06, 2017 20:51 IST
HT Correspondent
Last year, 135 cows had died at the shelter managed by the Udaipur municipal corporation.
Last year, 135 cows had died at the shelter managed by the Udaipur municipal corporation. (HT Photo)

Even as a debate rages on over cows and vigilante attacks on cattle traders leading to several lynchings, as many as 150 bovines, including 125 cows, have died since January this year at a government-run shelter in Tidi area of Udaipur.

Last year, 135 cows had died at the shelter managed by the Udaipur municipal corporation. The shelter with the capacity to hold 250 cattle heads is currently housing 350 bovines, including 226 cows and 69 bulls.

Staff at the shelter, requesting anonymity, blamed lack of feed, cleanliness and drinking water for the cow deaths. They claimed 2 to 3 cows were dying every day at the shelter, and added that the records were maintained by the civic body.

Following the reports of the cow deaths, the Udaipur Mayor Chandra Singh Kothari called an emergency meeting Wednesday and also visited the facility with UMC commissioner Siddarth Sihag, SDM Girwa Kamar Choudhary and executive engineer Mukesh Pujari. After taking stock of the situation, the Mayor suspended the in-charge of the shelter house on charges of negligence. He also instructed the staff to arrange for adequate fodder and medicines for the cattle.

Meanwhile, taking cognizance of the matter, state urban development & housing minister Shree Chand Kriplani has called the district collector and Mayor to Jaipur.

Incidentally, district collector Bishnu Charan Mallik was caught off guard when Congress activists reached his office Wednesday and submitted a memorandum on the death of cows at the shelter. Congress workers claimed that the DC said he was unaware about the department under which the shelter functions. He, however, said that he will soon visit the shelter.

According to the shelter house in-charge, apart from UMC commissioner, no other official from the civic body visited the gaushala in the last one year.

The cow deaths have given ammunition to the Congress, which demanded the Mayor’s resignation.

Leader of Opposition in the municipal corporatuion Mohsin Khan said, “In BJP-ruled country, everyday someone is being killed in the name of cow protection but when there is an actual need to protect this animal, nobody from the party is coming forward. Whether it is the local MLA or the Mayor, they all belong to BJP and the cow deaths at the shelter have exposed their real face.”

State Congress secretary Pankaj Sharma said the “inefficiency of the Municipal Corporation can be judged by the condition of the shelter house and the death of cows”. Moreover, he alleged, “The fodder being given to the animals is also of low quality, which affects their health”.

Sharma said a case of cow murder should be registered against the civic body and appropriate action should be taken against all those found responsible for the deaths.