Nine cows died under mysterious circumstances while 19 others suffered ailments in Loni town of Ghaziabad on Friday.
The incident took place at Kanhaiya Gaushala when the cows were being given their daily fodder. The district officials deployed police in the area and sought the assistance of veterinary doctors to immediately take up the issue as Loni is a sensitive area with a mixed population of Hindus and Muslims.
The veterinary doctors said, prima facie, it seemed to be a case of poisoning in fodder given to cows.
“The samples of viscera are preserved and will be sent for testing to the laboratory in Agra. The report may take more than a week to come. When our doctors received a call, they rushed to the spot but several cows had died by then. Twelve were saved after treatment. It sometimes happens that the fodder develops poisoning if there is no sufficient rain. The incident is being probed,” said Dr Brijeshwar Tyagi, chief veterinary officer, Ghaziabad
According to local sources, the gaushala is located in Banthla and houses nearly 150 cows. It is managed by a trust. On Friday morning, the cows were found dead.
“So far, nine cows have been confirmed dead while 19 are being given treatment. We have ordered an inquiry and a postmortem examination of the carcass is being conducted. We are awaiting the reports. It could also be a case of food poisoning. Our veterinary doctors were roped in for treatment and autopsy,” said Nidhi Kesarwani, district magistrate, Ghaziabad.
For now, officials also deployed personnel from two police posts as a precautionary measure to check for any escalation in law and order.
“The incident took place inside the gaushala and the area has remained peaceful. However, we have deployed police as a precautionary measure,” said Srikant Prajapati, circle officer, Loni.
“It is highly mysterious that only a few cows died of the nearly 150 bovines housed at the gaushala. We demand an immediate inquiry into the matter as the incident could also be a part of the plan to hurt Hindu sentiments. The inquiry should bring the facts to light,” said Pinki Chaudhary, president of ‘Hindu Raksha Dal’, which is involved in the protection of cows.