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Taran Taran gaushala: ‘Graveyard for cows’

The gaushala, inaugurated by former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal’s daughter Parneet Kaur Kairon in November, 2016, was constructed over an area of 12 acres at a cost of Rs 90 lakh.

punjab Updated: Jul 20, 2017 11:25 IST
Anil Sharma
Anil Sharma
Hindustan Times, Tarn Taran
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in the wake of the administration’s apathy, the gaushala failed to get proper facilities for safety of cows.(HT File Photo/Representative image)

Residents of Dubali village in Patti sub-division of the district allege that the local gaushala has become a graveyard for the stray cattle that are brought to the shelter for their protection.

They claim that dozens of cows have died here in the past six months due to lack of fodder, drinking water, medical facilities and proper shelter. Two cows were found dead in the gaushala on Monday. Deputy commissioner (DC) Pardeep Kumar Sabharwal said, “After getting information, I sent Patti sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) to take stock of the situation.”

However, he denied the death of two cows on Monday, saying there were no bovine casualties at the gaushala in the past two weeks. Meanwhile, the dead cattle are being buried in the premises of the gaushala, fearing the outrage of cow vigilantes.

The gaushala, inaugurated by former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal’s daughter Parneet Kaur Kairon in November, 2016, was constructed over an area of 12 acres at a cost of Rs 90 lakh.

But in the wake of the administration’s apathy, the gaushala failed to get proper facilities for safety of cows.

According to the villagers, there were around 350 cows in the gaushala, but the number has now dropped to 250.

Lakha Singh, member of Sant Baba Khalsa Sewa Society, Dubali, said, “We have been providing fodder and other facilities to the cows, but the administration has not been much helpful.”

“Last week, the Gau Sewa Commission chairman had visited the gaushala and promised to solve the problem of fodder and provide medical facilities for the cattle, but no action has been taken so far,” said Gursewak Singh, another member of the society.

First Published: Jul 20, 2017 11:24 IST