Rajpur (Barwani district, Madhya Pradesh): A gaushala (cow shed) situated in Rajpur tehsil reported death of 45 cows, which were brought here four months back from Barwani town.
Matter came to fore on Friday, even though cows were dying in large numbers for past past few weeks a gaushala in Birwani village.
Barwani municipality sent 55 stray cows to gaushala four months back. Of the total, 45 cows died in past few weeks. Doctors and gaushala caretakers and state animal husbandry minister Prem Singh Patel claimed that the cows died due to consumption of polythene bags.
Patel fended off any accusation about shortage of fodder at gaushala saying that these cows roamed the city as strays and they had eaten polythene bag pieces in large quantities. Due to this, they died.
The veterinarian from Barwani who examined and conducted the post-mortem expressed same view as polythene pieces were found in their intestines during post-mortem.
The Gaushala is run by the panchayat committee comprising women. Committee president Sangeeta from Birwani village said there is no shortage of fodder for cows. They are not solely dependent on government funds as villagers also feed them.