HAILAKANDI, June 18 - Six cattle were instantly electrocuted following a massive lightning storm here on Wednesday.
Lightning struck Algapur Part III, killing two heifers and four cattle, each with scorch marks on their upturned bellies, indicating how strong the voltage was.
On getting the information, District Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Officer RA Laskar reached the interior place, negotiating mud and slush.
�I was stunned and shocked. It was a gruesome sight to see the cattle all in a row. It seemed that they had been struck down where they were standing, close to a submerged paddy field,� Laskar said.
�Individual animals at this time of the rainy season get killed by lightning. But I have never witnessed anything like this before,� he added.
One of the owners, Abdul Suqqur Laskar, said, �All of a sudden, a lightning bolt came down and the cows just fell in the blink of an eye. And it was all over. For us, it was providential escape.�
The Veterinary Officer instructed the cattle owners, Abdul Suqqur Laskar, Abdul Noor Laskar and Joynal Hussain Laskar, to bury the cattle six feet deep and sprinkle lime powder on the carcasses, in view of the coronavirus pandemic.