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CBI probe demanded into cow slaughter

NEW DELHI, MAY 26. The Animal Welfare Board of India chairman, Mr. Justice Guman Lal Lodha, today demanded a CBI probe into the slaughter of about 100 cows in Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh, saying he suspected that Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) was behind it. Mr. Justice Lodha, who inspected the spot in Garhi Barvari village under Kosi police station on Thursday, said the heads and blood-soaked entrails of the slaughtered cows were still lying in the open.

The chairman said he saw the intestines and pieces of flesh of the cows on a stretch of land in Garhi Barvari while their heads and hoofs were lying in an adjacent field which falls in the Nanhera village of Gurgaon district in Haryana. Garhi Barvari is situated on the border junction of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan.

He told UNI that the situation in the area was tense and it could lead to a communal riot if immediate administrative measures were not taken.

Mr. Justice Lodha said he would shortly meet the Union Home Minister, Mr. L. K. Advani, to demand a CBI inquiry into the incident as he suspected ISI hand behind the ``gruesome slaughter of cows in the land of Krishna.''

The preliminary enquiries revealed that the cows were brought from Rajasthan and slaughtered in the Garhi Barvari and Nanhera villages. No arrests had been made so far, he added. He said he would demand constitution of a joint task force comprising police personnel of the three States to put a check on the recurring incidents of cow slaughter.

- UNI

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