Aligarh: Vehicles transporting stray cows to shelters attacked over WhatsApp rumours

Cow smuggling rumour

Aligarh, Dec 27: The vehicles transporting stray cows to the shelter homes were attacked in Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh on Wednesday.

The development comes amid Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s direction to the officials to make immediate arrangements for proper care of stray cows.

Around 700-800 stray cows were kept locked inside a government school and primary health centre in Aligarh by farmers on December 24 and 25, as the animals have been destroying their crops and farms.

“These animals are destroying crops. Neither the administration nor the state government have taken any action on the matter,” a farmer told news agency ANI.

“Many of us are awake at night guarding the farms. We are also falling sick because of this. So we chose to lock the stray animals together in a health centre,” said Shyam Bihari, a resident of the village.

“The administration was transporting the stray cows to shelters when few people attacked the vehicles as rumours were spread through WhatsApp that cows were being taken to be slaughtered,” said Aligarh SSP AK Sahni.

He further added that two cases have been filed in this regard and four people have been arrested. Further investigation is underway in the matter.

According to District Magistrate CB Singh, the administration has been directed to meet the village heads who will be entrusted to solve the issue. Cow shelters will be constructed in several villages, added Singh.


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