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Thirty cows and its progeny rescued from alleged animal slaughterers have gone missing in last one month from the custody of four police stations in Amroha district following which an inquiry has been ordered. The police stations had claimed that the cattle were sent to a cow shelter, which, as per the Uttar Pradesh Gau Sewa Aayog, does not exist.
The Gau Seva Aayog has lodged a complaint with district magistrate (DM) of Amroha, Dev Prakash, who has now sought a report from the SP regarding the whereabouts of the missing cows.
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“I have directed the district police chief to conduct an inquiry and submit report as soon as possible into the matter,” the DM told The Indian Express.
The matter came to light when, as its routine process, the Gau Seva Ayog sent letters to all the districts, including those under Moradabad division, seeking compiled report of cow slaughter cases with details of animals rescued, the place where they were kept, status of the case and number of the persons arrested under the relevant Act.
Amroha police, in its report sent to the Aayog, stated that 30 animals, including cows and its progeny, were rescued in the month of August in different police stations of the district. The report claimed that 29 of the recovered animals were sent to a cow shelter run by Vrindavan Gaushala Uthhan Samiti located at Noorpur village in Rajabpur police station area of the district. The report, however, was silent on where the one remaining cow was sent.
The report was sent by SP, Amroha, Shivasimpi Channappa carrying his signature on September 8.
After receiving the police report, the Gau Sewa Aayog sent its member Rahul Singh to conduct an inspection of the cow shelter.
“On September 28, I visited the address mentioned in the police report. No ‘gaushala’ exists there. It was a sugarcane field with a broken boundary wall on one side. Also, there were no signs, which could indicate that cows were kept there ever,” said Rahul Singh.
Rahul Singh told The Indian Express, “I would take up the matter with the board members of the Gau Seva Aayog in a meeting scheduled for October 4. I would recommend to set up a committee to probe into the case and also seek records from Amroha police about the recovery of cattle since 2013.”
Meanwhile, Amroha’s chief veterinary officer, Dr Brajveer Singh said, “Before Gau Seva Aayog member conducted the inspection, I had sent a team led by deputy chief veterinary officer to visit the ‘gaushala’ run by Vrindavan Gaushala Uthhan Samiti at Noorpur village. The team did not find any cattle there. I too have sent a report in this regard to Gau Sewa Aayog.”
He further said that he later informed the DM about the matter.
According to records, Vrindavan Gaushala Uthhan Samiti was registered in 2014 and its president was Naresh Kumar.
When contacted, Naresh Kumar said, “I had registered the Samiti in 2014 to run a gaushala. I ran it for about an year, but closed it later. I had handed over the cattle of my gaushala to the local villagers then.”
The owner of the place where Naresh Kumar claimed to have run the cow shelter earlier, Sunil Kumar, said that the man ran the gaushala for just three months. “I am using the land for farming since then,” he added.
“We are verifying details and collecting reports from the police stations. I have received the report from one of the police stations and the station officer claims that he had mentioned wrong name of the gaushala. Reports from other police stations are awaited,” said SP, Amroha, Shivasimpi Channappa.
According to report, 20 cows and its progeny were rescued from the possession of three alleged slaughterers in Didauli police station area between August 1 and 27. Other police stations include Gajraula, Amroha Dehat, Dharaura, who rescued five, four and one cattle, respectively, on different dates in the same month.