After 61 cows died allegedly due to the consumption of poisonous fodder in a shelter at Santhalpur village of Uttar Pradesh’s Amroha district earlier this month, the state Congress has found the perfect way to address the situation. The Amroha district unit of the Congress held a ‘yagna’ outside the collector’s office. The aim was to pray for the ‘peace of the departed souls of 61 cows’.
More than 100 Congress district party workers took part in the event. Congress state secretary Sachin Chaudhary participated in the event along with Amroha’s district president Omkar Katariya. The party also hit out at the BJP government in the state.
Katariya said, “This is Ravana’s rule and not Rama’s as projected. The mass deaths are clearly the result of the callousness of local administration. We were not allowed to pray for the departed souls at the gaushala and hence, we are doing it now.”
Chaudhary said, “They (BJP leaders) call themselves ‘gau bhakt’, but over 60 cows died in the cowshed due to their negligence. They failed to protect the cattle. The other rituals will be performed on the banks of the Ganga river.”
The cows died due to nitrate poisoning after overeating green millet fodder, a medical report showed. After the deaths came to light, an FIR was registered against the fodder supplier. The district police also detained seven persons including the caretakers of the cow shelter for questioning. The police have set up five teams to nab three more persons associated with the cow shelter.
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