Rajasthan govt sets up team to probe cattle deaths

The high-level team headed by the Additional Director of the Gopalan (cow care) department found that the deaths had occurred due to consumption of polythene or related inedible substances.

By: Express News Service | Jaipur | Updated: June 17, 2016 1:22:25 am
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The Rajasthan government, acting on a report published in The Indian Express about mass death of abandoned cows on a hill area near Karauli, Sawai Madhopur and Dausa districts, has set up a high level team to look into the matter. It has also started to provide medical care to the weak cattle on the spot.

The high-level team headed by the Additional Director of the Gopalan (cow care) department found that the deaths had occurred due to consumption of polythene or related inedible substances.

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“The team did not find evidence of any communicable or weather related disease. The deaths occurred due to ingestion of polythene-like substances and extreme weakness,” Director of animal husbandry department, Shailesh
Sharma said.

The department has also deputed two teams of veterinarians to provide medical care to the starving cattle. Last week, The Indian Express had reported about the mass deaths of abandoned cattle due to starvation atop the hill, despite Rajasthan being the first state in the country which boasts of a dedicated Gopalan minister.

The opposition Congress had cornered the state government for being insensitive towards the dying cattle.

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