Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh government on Tuesday constituted a seven-member committee to develop a model of gaushalas at the gram panchayat level, news agency ANI reported.

Earlier in the day, 18 cows died, allegedly due to cold in Agar Malwa. Ajay Gupta, Collector of Agar Malwa said, “Postmortem of all the cows is being done. We’re ensuring that the diseased cows do not lead to any further mortality. We’re making arrangements to tackle the cold wave.”

In another separate incident on August 5, three persons were detained after police found 10 dead cows in an abattoir in Imlipura area of Madhya Pradesh’s Khandwa district. The three were detained after police acted on a tip-off and raided a slaughterhouse in the area.

“Ten dead cows and nine live ones were found in the slaughterhouse and adjoining godowns and houses. The meat that was recovered during the raid has been sent for testing,” said Superintendent of Police Ruchi Vardhan Mishra.