Tension gripped Bendi village in Firozabad district after 13 cows and five oxen were found dead and another 13 lying unconscious in a field by a highway under North police station area Tuesday morning. Police suspect cattle smugglers may have dumped the animals after they died.
A mob of locals gathered at the place and staged protest but heavy police force at the spot prevented any untoward incident.
Circle officer, City, Rajesh Chowdhary said a team of veterinary doctors were called to the spot who declared 18 of the cattle dead and others unconscious. Postmortem was conducted on the spot and the dead animal were buried in nearby thickets, he added.
The autopsy report stated that animals had died about 36 hours before the postmortem was conducted, the CO said. The autopsy confirmed cause of death as suffocation.
Station house officer, North police station, Shashi Kant Sharma said of the 13 cattle found unconscious, five were cows that were handed over to the villagers after treatment. The remaining eight were oxen and have been sent to the municipal corporation’s cow shed, said the SHO.
The SHO said a villagers informed them about the dead cattle. As police reached the spot, some local leaders of different political parties too arrived there and people started raising slogans and staging protest. The situation, however, was controlled as senior officials rushed to the place with heavy police force.
The SHO added that they suspect that cattle smugglers must have dumped the animals by the highway and escape. He, however, said till now no witness has come forward. An FIR against unidentified accused has been lodged at the North police station on charges of Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act and Cow Slaughter Act, the SHO added.