Cong to step up stir on cows' starvation deaths

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Verma, who holds the post of vice-president in Jamul Municipality, has been booked under sections 4 and 6 of Chhattisgarh Agricultural Cattle Preservation Act 2004, under section 11 of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960 and section 409 (criminal breach of trust) of the IPC, the IG said. He said that the cow shelter was housing 400 cows more than its estimated capacity.

The Congress today charged the BJP with ignoring the death of several cows at a cowshed run by a party leader in Chhattisgarh and asked whether Chief Minister Raman Singh would impose death penalty on "one of their own" as he had sought earlier.

Citing Rajpur village Sarpanch Pati Sevaram Sahu, ANI reported on Friday that nearly 200 cows have died in the shelter due to starvation over the past two days.

About 50 carcasses in Godmarra were dumped near a brickkiln, located some 200 meters from the cow shelter, while 20 others were found on the campus of the shelter, Dr Hemant Kumar, the district's veterinary department in-charge, told HT.

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All fingers are pointing towards BJP leader Harish Verma, the moderator of this cow farm. Verma has said that the Chhattisgarh state government did not provide money for the shelter which he had been demanding for two years. "I am not guilty for the deaths", Hindustan Times quoted Harish Verma as saying.

Residents say they found trenches with 10 to 15 cows buried in each of them.

The reasons are strikingly similar - improper facilities, lack of fodder, no hygiene, pneumonia caused by rains, etc. Congress state unit chief Bhupesh Baghel alleged that despite sanctioning grants to the tune of crores to cow shelter homes, it is in pathetic condition across the state. A number of cows got stuck in swampy land and died at the Mathana Gaushala in the Kurukshetra district of Haryana. Real love for animals would never let anyone kill in the name of a fellow creature.