Municipal worker picking up dead crow from railway station premises in Khandwa on Sunday
Municipal worker picking up dead crow from railway station premises in Khandwa on Sunday

Khandwa: Amid bird flu spread, a large number of crows and three dogs were found dead in and around Khandwa railway station on Sunday, triggering panic among people. According to information, two dogs were found dead on platform number 5 while one was found dead in station premises.

Railway head ticket collector Anil Soni first the reported matter to veterinary department after he spotted two carcasses on platform. Later, during sanitisation, sanitation workers found one more carcass in station premises.

The incident occurred at a time when concerns have been raised over whether infection caused by Sars-CoV2-2 virus can be transmitted between animals and humans. Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS- CoV-2) is the virus strain that causes Covid, a respiratory illness.

Veterinary doctors and Khandwa municipality officers rushed to the spot and picked up carcasses from the premise. Some people at the railway station claimed that they saw few dogs eating dead crows as four crows were found dead on platform.

Veterinary department official Dr Pradeep Golkar said he received information about the deaths of dogs and crows on platform number 5 of Khandwa railway station. Corporation workers in PPE uniform and gloves sprayed dogs' bodies before putting them in a bag. The area was then sanitised by spraying bleaching powder and limestone to prevent spread of disease. Dead dogs and crows were buried as per protocol.

Additional district magistrate Nanda Bhalave Kushre has issued a prohibitory order under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure Code. Under this, transportation of chickens from Khargone, Burhanpur, Harda and Indore has been banned. Ban will remain in force till January 22.

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