New Delhi, Aug 6: Just hours after at least 18 cows died of suffocation at a shelter home in Chhattisgarh’s Balodabazar district, a truck with bodies of 15 dead oxen was found in Delhi’s Vasant Kunj area on the intervening night of Aug 4 and 5. The vehicle has a Haryana number and was found when a passerby realised a foul smell coming out of the abandoned truck. Also Read - Delhi Bar Denies Entry To Woman Dressed in Ethnic Attire, Faces Backlash on Twitter

The police have ruled out any possibility of oxen being taken for slaughter. An investigation in the case is underway, the police said. The police were informed of the dead oxen at around 12.15 pm and a team of officials was sent to the spot immediately. Also Read - Delhi Development Authority's New Housing Scheme to Offer 10,370 Flats For Sale

“They were immediately rushed to veterinary hospital in Massodpur, where the post-mortem is likely to be conducted on Monday. The exact cause of their deaths will only be ascertained after the autopsy report,” a police official was quoted as saying by India Today. A case under section 429 (mischief by killing or maiming cattle) has been registered. Also Read - Delhi: Man Arrested For Masturbating in Front of 26-year-old Journalist in Moving Bus

The incident has come a day after carcasses of 18 cows were recovered from Rohasi village. The incident came to light when the local officials were told that bodies of some cows were being transported to be buried. “Preliminary investigation revealed that the cows were locked in a room for the past few days and they died of suffocation,” Balodabazar Collector Janak Prasad Pathak told PTI.

Earlier on July 27, as many as 36 cows were found dead in a cowshed here on Friday, police said. Deputy Commissioner of Police, Dwarka, Anto Alphonse, said that a call reporting the incident at a cowshed in Chhawla area’s Gumanhera village was received around 12.30 p.m.

“The doctors are conducting the enquiry into the cause of death and they will also conduct post-mortem of all the dead cows. Once their (doctors’) report is submitted, further legal action in accordance with the prevalent laws will be taken,” Deputy Commissioner of Police, Dwarka, Anto Alphonse had said.

A few days later, the police seized a total of 220 cow carcasses from a warehouse in Rajasthan’s Alwar district. The carcasses were found buried inside a Govindgarh facility belonging to one Shakeel, who was later arrested, Sub-Inspector Dhara Singh told IANS.

Other than the cow carcasses, remains of buffaloes and goats were also seized from the location. Singh said that beef was reportedly supplied to Haryana, Rajasthan and other surrounding states from this place.