Thirty-six cows have died in Dwarka’s Ghummanhera over a period of four days, the police said on Friday. The government has ordered an inquiry into the matter.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Dwarka) Anto Alphonse said the cows were sheltered in a
gaushala
run by Acharya Sushil Gosadan in Chhawla. “The
gaushala
is situated on 20 acres, which was allotted in 1995. It has about 1,400 cows, of which 36 have died,” he said.

Team constituted

The police said they received a call at 12.10 p.m. and found the dead cows when they reached the spot.

About 20 labourers were working in the
gaushala
.

Mr. Alphonse said a letter was sent to Special Development Commissioner Kuldeep Singh Gangar to constitute a team of veterinarians for inspection of the spot and post-mortem to ascertain the cause of deaths.

“A team of six doctors has been constituted. Legal action will be taken once their report is submitted,” he said.

Report sought

Reacting to the incident, Development Minister Gopal Rai on Friday ordered an inquiry into the matter and sought a report from the Development Department Secretary-cum-Commissioner within 24 hours.

Mr. Rai has “taken a serious view” of the incident, an order from his office said.

In September 2012, 23 cows had died within 48 hours in south Delhi’s
gaushalas
allegedly due to consuming plastic products.

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