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200 cows starved to death at shelter in Rajpur village, says sarpanch

A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader was arrested on Friday after at least 200 cows died allegedly of starvation and lack of medicines at his cow shelter in Rajpur village of Chhattisgarh’s Durg district.

Villagers, however, alleged that the number of deaths would be 200 and most of them have been buried near the shelter. Several carcasses, other than those buried, were found in the vicinity, they alleged.

The BJP leader, Harish Verma, who is also the vice president of Jamul Nagar Nigam, has been running the shelter for last seven years.

Accused of serious carelessness, Verma has now been arrested. Verma, who holds the post of vice-president in Jamul Municipality, has been booked under sections 4 and 6 of Chhattisgarh Agricultural Cattle Preservation Act 2004, under section 11 of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960 and section 409 (criminal breach of trust) of the IPC, the IG said.

More than 200 cows died of starvation in Chattisgarh’s Durg district in the last two days, Rajpur village Sarpanch Pati Sevaram Sahu told ANI on Friday. The animals were housed in a shelter owned by senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Harish Verma Patre