Nine matured cows belonging to a villager of Leishi village under Phungyar block in Manipur's Kamjong district were reportedly found dead under mysterious circumstances on Friday.
Owner of the fallen cows, one L Samuel told the Imphal Free Press on Saturday that when he went to check his cows on Friday morning, nine of them were found lying dead at his cowshed. “I was shocked to see my nine cows lying dead,” he said.
When asked if the villagers used any chemical fertilisers in their farm sites and paddy field, Samuel, who is a resident of Leishi village maintained that the villagers never use chemicals. “My livestock were in good health and they showed neither symptoms nor any sign of illnesses. Everything happened abruptly,” he added.
Samuel who owned over 20 cows said that he is facing a loss of over Rs 4 lakh.
Meanwhile, a team of veterinary department Ukhrul visited Leishi village on Saturday and collected samples of the carcasses.
Staff of Veterinary department Ukhrul, CS Francis who visited Leishi village told this correspondent that they had collected the sample of carcasses this evening. It will be hard to describe what exactly caused the death until the results of the tests arrive, he added.
It may be mentioned that an unknown disease had reportedly killed nine Asiatic water buffaloes and infected several others at Namrei village under Chingai area in May. The dead buffaloes showed acute tongue blisters, foamy saliva and foot infections.