Politics over cow deaths at Chhattisgarh shelter

The district administration said that according to an inspection team sent to the shelter, only 15 cows have died this month.

Written by Express News Service | Raipur | Published:August 14, 2016 1:50 am

Attacking the BJP for its silence on the issue, the Chhattisgarh Janata Congress (CJC) has claimed that more than 200 cows have died in a government-aided shelter in Kanker district’s Durgkondal area.

Those running the Kamdhenu Gau Seva centre, however, claim the figure is exaggerated, and that only 15 cows have been put down in the last month due to ill health.

On Saturday, after they returned from a “fact-checking exercise”, a six-member CJC team filed a police complaint in Raipur against Brijmohan Agarwal, the minister in charge of animal husbandry, the coordinator of the shelter and district officials. In their complaint, they alleged that over 200 cows have died in the shelter in the last few months, and that the deaths are being covered up.

The CJC also alleged that the state government aid to the shelter was being siphoned off instead of being used for fodder or to treat cattle. State Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel said, “Where are those people who take human life in the name of gau raksha? Why is the BJP silent? Chief Minister Raman Singh must take responsibility.”

But the district administration said that according to an inspection team sent to the shelter, only 15 cows have died this month.

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