Jaipur, Aug 6 : : More than 500 cows have reportedly died in the last two weeks due to negligence at a shelter near Jaipur in Rajasthan, NDTV reported.
Many of the cows died of starvation, their hooves stuck in slush caused by heavy rain and cow dung as there was no one to look after them after more than 250 contractual workers at Hingonia cow shelter went on strike last month demanding higher wages.
According to NDTV, there is no official count of the number of cows that have died, but volunteers who have arrived to help clean the sheds say they have taken out 90 carcasses in the last two days and there are many more dead cows. The shelter houses about 8,000 cows.
NDTV quoted Government vet Dr Devendra Kumar Yadav as having confirmed that most of the cows have died from starvation not disease.