Inquiry into death of 70 cattle at pound in Haryana’s Panchkula
Seventy cattle have died due to suspected food poisoning and 30 are critically ill at two cow sheds at the Mata Mansa Devi Gaudham in Panchkula district of Haryana bordering the state capital of Chandigarh, officials said on Thursday.
Haryana Vidhan Sabha Speaker Gian Chand Gupta and deputy commissioner Mukesh Kumar Ahuja visited the cattle pound on Wednesday after the incident came to light and marked an inquiry into the matter.
PANEL TO DRAFT SoP FOR COW SHELTERS
A three-member special investigation team, comprising the chief executive officer of the district rural development agency (DRDA) Nishu Singhal, assistant commissioner of police (ACP) Raj Kumar and animal husbandry department deputy director Dr Anil Kumar, has been constituted.
“The committee will submit its report by Thursday evening or by Friday morning,” the deputy commissioner said.
Directions have been issued to the committee to also make the standard operating procedure (SOP) for gaushalas
(cattle pounds) to ensure such incidents do not occur again.
CATTLE STARTED COLLAPSING ON TUESDAY NIGHT
As many as 1,500 cattle are housed in the seven cow sheds at the gaudham. There are 550 bovines sheltered in shed numbers 2 and 3, where the 70 casualties occurred since Tuesday night.
Dr Naresh Mittal, the general secretary of the Panchkula Gaushala Trust said: “On Tuesday night, workers noticed two bulls fighting and several cattle collapsing with froth coming out of their mouth.”
“A team of doctors from the Haryana animal husbandry department arrived and rescued 30 animals. On Wednesday morning, another team from Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Hisar, also arrived,” Dr Mittal said, adding that CCTV footage was being checked.