Ahead of polling for the Lok Sabha Elections in the national capital on Sunday, two cows were found dead in a park in east Delhi’s Trilokpuri on Wednesday, leading to stepping up security. The area is said to be communally-sensitive and following the incident tension prevailed. The police were informed by a dairy owner at 6 am that two of his cows were lying dead in Sanjay Jheel Park opposite Kotla village, said a senior police officer.
The dairy owner would usually leave his cows in the park because of lack of space. The cows would gaze there. However, when the dairy owner visited the park in the morning, he found that two of them were missing, the police said. Later, he found the two cows dead in the park following which he informed police, the officer said.
When police reached the spot, they found that the two cows had been killed while others were safe.
Taking serious note of the killing of two cows in Trilokpuri, Delhi Minorities Commission (DMC) chairman Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan wrote to Delhi Police Commissioner warning him that miscreants may try to use the incident to trigger violence ahead of May 12 polling in the city.
According to the dairy owner’s son, “Our neighbour informed us around 5.30 am Wednesday that two cows were lying in the park with severe injuries.” “When we reached the spot, we found the two carcasses. We immediately called police and informed them about the incident,” he said.
The dairy owner’s son said his family was in the dairy business for the last 40 years and they had 15 cows. “Nothing like that happened before,” he said.
The bodies were sent for autopsy to find the cause of death, the officer said.
A case has been registered under Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code against unidentified persons, he said, adding additional security has also been put in place as it is a communally sensitive area.
There are no CCTV cameras in the area, police said, adding they are using local intelligence.
The DMC chairman asked the police to ensure peace and tranquillity in the area and arrest the criminals involved in the incident.