As per reports, 70 cattle died and 30 got critically ill at two cow sheds in Mata Mansa Devi Gaudham, Panchkula due to suspected food poisoning.
Haryana Vidhan Sabha Speaker Gian Chand Gupta has marked an inquiry into the matter.
More than 1,500 cattle are housed in seven cow sheds at the Gaudham. There are approximately 550 bovines in shed 2 and 3, where 70 died and 30 got severely ill.
Naresh Mittal, general secretary of the ‘Mata Mansa Devi Gaudham’ cow shelter in Panchkula, said 70 cows had died while 30 were taken ill. “Most of the cows that were ill have recovered. It apparently looks to be a case of food poisoning caused by food offered by some devotee, and not on account of fodder,” he said.
Dr Naresh Mittal, general secretary of Panchkula Gaushala trust said: “Last night, workers noticed two bulls fighting and several cattle collapsing with froth coming out of their mouths.”
“A team of doctors from the Haryana animal husbandry department arrived and rescued 30 animals. In the morning, another team from Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Hisar, also reached here,” Dr Mittal said, adding that CCTV footage was being checked to establish how the animals got poisoning.
Haryana Assembly Speaker Gian Chand Gupta, BJP MLA from Panchkula, visited the cow shelter and announced a three-member committee to probe the incident.
The incident of 70 cows dying is saddening. We have constituted a three-member inquiry committee under the chief executive officer of the Panchkula Zila Parishad, which will submit its report in three days. Anyone found guilty would be dealt with sternly, Mr. Gupta said.