Chittoor: In yet another incident of human cruelty against animals, a cow, which ate a ball of explosives wrapped in food stuff at Chandamama Palli under Tiruapati Rural mandal in Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh, on Tuesday afternoon, died the same night. It was cremated as per the Hindu rituals on Wednesday. The cow wreathed in pain due to the injuries caused by the explosive material for more than six hours before succumbing to them.

The owner of the cow, P. Rambau, said that the villagers had placed the explosive material wrapped in food stuff made of flour in the grass adjacent to forest area in order to kill wild boars. The cow which was grazing in the area ate it accidentally which led to explosion in it’s mouth.

Though the injured cow was shifted to the government veterinary hospital, the staff could not save the animal. Due to the explosion of the crude bomb, the lower jaw of the cow got ripped off. The veterinary surgeons said they could not perform the surgery to restore the jaw as it was very difficult.

This is not the first time that cows were killed due to explosion of crude bombs, which were placed to kill wild boars in forest areas of Chittoor district.

In July 2020, a cow, named Lakshmi, which ate explosives wrapped in food stuff at Kogileru village in Ped Panjani block in the same Chittoor district also died. The police arrested three persons in connection with the case. There were few more incidents of death of dogs and cows due to explosion of crude bombs.

In connection with the latest death, the police booked cases against unidentified persons under Sections 286 (negligent conduct in using explosives) and 429 (mischief by killing or maiming cattle) of Indian Penal Code, Section 11 of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act of 1960 and Section 9 (B)(1) of the Explosives Act and investigation is on to identify and nab the accused.

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