Uttar Pradesh: Tension in Bahraich village after cow carcasses found in farm house
Activists of the Hindu right-wing groups claim remains of the animals were used in making Ayurvedic medicineslucknow Updated: Apr 01, 2017 20:39 IST
Tension gripped a village in Uttar Pradesh’s Bahraich district after carcasses of over a dozen cows were found in a farm house of an additional chief medical officer (ACMO) on Friday evening.
Activists of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Hindu Yuva Vahini (HVV), who filed a complaint with the district magistrate, alleged remains of the animals were used in making “banned and rare” Ayurvedic medicines by the ACMO, JN Mishra.
District magistrate Ajay Deep Singh constituted a team of police and health department officials to probe the allegations.
A team led by ASP Bahraich Dinesh Tripathi and chief veterinary officer (CVO) Dr Balwant Singh sealed the farm house in the evening.
The team found 45 live cows and stockpile of unnamed Ayurvedic medicines and capsules. They also found about 35 graves, purportedly used to bury the dead animals.
While some carcasses appeared to be only a week old, others were a few months old, said an official who raided the farm house.
The carcasses were sent for postmortem to ascertain the cause of death, the DM said.
He said sampling of the recovered medicines was done to find out their compositions.
The cows, which were found alive, were in a poor health as there was no arrangement at the farm house for their shelter and food, said the CVO.
When contacted, the ACMO however denied the animals were used in any illegal purpose.
He said he started his farmhouse with nine calves to “help and serve the animals” for his self-satisfaction.
“Later, I found that people who could not feed their cows started leaving them at the farmhouse,” he said.
He, however, could not give a satisfactory reply on how such a large number of animals died at the farm house and why their bodies were secretly buried.
Hindu Yuva Wahini activist Rajdev Singh said it was a case of cow slaughter and stern action must be taken against the guilty.