Police recovered carcasses of nine cows from two villages under Sandaur town area on Tuesday afternoon after residents repeatedly complained of ‘unbearable stench’ over the past few days.
Station house officer (SHO) Kuldeep Singh said four carcasses were recovered from Dasonda Singh Wala village and another five were recovered from Manki village.
“The carcasses have no injury sign. A post-mortem would be conducted on Wednesday and we will then decide our next course of action,” the SHO added.
Sources told HT that some of the carcasses did not seem to be of breeds commonly found in the region.
“Residents of some regions herd stray cattle and abandon them in distant villages. This seems to be true in this case,” the source added.
Four unidentified men have booked under Sections 429 (mischief by killing cattle), 295 (intention to insult religion feelings) of the Indian Penal Code and Sections 4A, 4B and 8 of Punjab Prohibition of Cow slaughter Act. The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act has also been invoked with a case being registered Sections 11 and 55.
“Strict action should be taken against perpetrators of such cruelty,” said Vishva Hindu Parishad state president Hardwari Lal Yadav.