In a shocking incident, as many as 36 cows have reportedly died in a cowshed in Delhi’s Chhawala area in the last two days, according to news agency ANI.

Police and a team of doctors have reached the spot to investigate the matter.

The incident comes amid the ongoing political furore over the recent increase in mob lynching incidents in the name of cow protection.

The killing of Rakbar Khan in Haryana’s Alwar by an angry mob allegedly on suspicion of cow smuggling added to the turbulence with the incident being raised by the opposition in the Parliament to attack the Narendra Modi government.

The Centre has said it is concerned about such incidents and if needed, it will come up with stringent laws to ensure strict action against wrongdoers.

Reacting to Congress’ attack on BJP government over mob lynching, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday said that both humans and cows are important and must be protected.

Yogi also blamed the Opposition for giving “unnecessary importance” to instances of mob lynching in the country.

“Law and order is a matter of the state. Congress’ intention to make mountain out of a molehill won’t be successful,” he said.

“These incidents are being given unnecessary importance. If you talk about mob lynching, what were [the anti-Sikh riots of] 1984?” he asked.