Modi: Crack Down on Cow Vigilantes. Togadia: Cow Vigilantes Should Work Fearlessly
New Delhi, July 17: Why Prime Minister Narendra Modi's hard words have hardly left any impact on cow vigilantes is because there are many in his large family of Sangh Parivar who are directly or indirectly supporting the acts of cow vigilantes.
In October last year, PM Modi had warned cow vigilantes at a public meeting in Gujarat but violence in the name of cow protection continued unabated and over dozen people have since been killed.
On 29th June this year, while addressing a rally during the centenary celebrations of the Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat, PM Modi had said: "Killing people in the name of Gau Bhakti is not acceptable. This is not something Mahatma Gandhi would approve."
And only yesterday (16th July), while addressing an all-party meeting in Delhi, he asked states to crack down on cow vigilantes who are committing violence in the name of cow protection.
"Some anti-social elements have made cow protection an excuse to spread anarchy. This is also affecting the nation's image. All political parties should strongly condemn this hooliganism in the name of cow protection...The state governments should also see that nobody is using cow-protection to settle personal scores)," said the PM.
But just a day before, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) president Praveen Togadia asked cow vigilantes to continue their work fearlessly.
"Gaurakshaks should neither fear anyone nor come under pressure from anyone. They should continue their work of saving cows without being concerned with name-calling," The Hindu quoted him as saying at the concluding session of a regional meeting of VHP workers in Meerut.
The VHP leader, who is known for controversial and provocative statements, further said: "You need to go to every village of this country and awaken Hindus till the time India becomes a Hindu Rashtra."
Some Latest Cases of Lynching:
02 July: A man named Asadul was lynched by villagers in Jharkhand's Sahibganj district as he was allegedly trying to run away after murdering his wife.
29 June: Mohd Allimuddin, a resident of Hazaribagh district in Jharkhand, was beaten to death by a mob in Ramgarh district of the same state on suspicion that he was carrying beef in his vehicle.
22 June: Three people identified as Mohammad Nasir, Nasirul Haque and Mohammad Samiruddin were lynched in West Bengal's North Dinajpur district after they were allegedly caught stealing cows from a house.
22 June: A minor named Junaid Khan, 16, was beaten and stabbed to death by a group of people in a running train in Haryana.
16 June: Social activist Zafar Khan was allegedly beaten to death by municipality employees in Pratapgarh district of Rajasthan when he objected to them taking photos of women defecating in the open.
18 May: Four people named Naeem, Khali, Farzu and Raju were lynched in Seraikela-Kharsawa district of Jharkhand on suspicion of being child lifter.
18 May: Three people named Vikas Kumar Verma, Uttam Kumar Verma and Ganesh Kumar Gupta were lynched in Singhbhum district of Jharkhand on suspicion of being child lifter.
02 May: Ghulam Mohammad, 45, was killed by a group of men for allegedly helping an inter-faith couple in Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh.
30 April: Two persons named Abu Hanifa and Riazuddin Ali were lynched by a mob in Nagaon district of Assam on suspicion of stealing cattle.
01April: Haryana dairy farmer Pehlu Khan, 55, was lynched in Alwar district of Rajasthan.
(Data compiled by IndiaTomorrow.net)