Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police Gowtam Sawang has ordered formation of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the case of suspicious deaths of about 100 cows at a shelter in Kothuru Tadepalli village in Krishna district last week.
The team, which will be headed by an assistant commissioner of police from Vijayawada, will be working to find out the facts and circumstances that led to the cow deaths.
It will take the support of animal husbandry department and the forensic team, Mr Sawang said.
Mr Sawang also said that fodder suppliers, particularly those from Prakasam district, will also be investigated as locals have raised fingers at them.
A caretaker of the cow shelter had said on Saturday that they noticed the deaths of cows post-midnight and immediately informed the police.
Animal husbandry department officials had suggested that suffocation might be the reason behind the death of the cows. However, they ruled out the possibility of food poisoning.
The postmortem report of the cows is awaited for further action.