Thirty-five cows died in a gaushala Uttar Pradesh's Prayagraj on Thursday. The news spread like a wildfire in the region home to huge religious congregations like Kumbh Mela. Local villagers are alleging that these cows died as a result of gross neglect.
However, the authorities have an interesting take. The District Magistrate has claimed that cows died due to a lightning strike. He, however, did not elaborate on how a single lightning strike can kill 35 cows in one stroke. Often, if not always, lightning strike is concentrated at a single point on ground and though deadly, its momentary effect is limited to a very small area, often measuring to a few square metres.
The administration, however, has kept ends open as it said that a post mortem of cows would be carried out and the real cause of death will be ascertained.
Local villagers told media that the cows faced neglect in the gaushala. They also said that the animals were not given adequate food and water. Medical attention was minimal.
The gaushala was built on a lake. Due to this, it was often filled with mud, sludge and water. This may have resulted in poor health conditions and may have made situation favourable for the spread of disease among the animals.
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