A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly rebuked the so-called ‘cow vigilantes’ in the country who were responsible for the incidents of violence against Dalits and Muslims in various states, a case has been registered against the chief of Gau Raksha Dal for allegedly thrashing people in the name of cow protection. The FIR was lodged on the basis of a video clip which appeared on social media, showing Gau Raksha Dal members brutally thrashing people, Patiala SSP Gurmeet Chauhan on Monday said.
According to a report in India Today, the group works as a “24×7 extra-constitutional force” in Punjab’s Rajpura. The report further quoted Satish Kumar as saying, “I don’t mind if someone calls me a goon for saving the cow. If someone who saves the cow is labelled a goon, I’ll be proud to become the country’s biggest goon.” One look at Kumar’s Facebook profile and you know the man means business.
According to Hindustan Times (HT), Kumar took a dig at the Prime Minister, saying Modi’s statement against the ‘gau rakshaks’ was aimed at wooing non-Hindu voters in election-bound states, including Uttar Pradesh and Punjab.
“Earlier Modi used cows to garner votes in the Lok Sabha elections by condemning the cow slaughtering, and now he is trying to use it to woo the butchers. As the elections are due in UP and Punjab, Modi government has asked the police to take action against us, to woo Muslims and other non-Hindu voters,” said Satish Kumar.
“Let me tell you, I won’t back out. I will keep my tirade against cow slaughtering. I am not afraid of arrest. I will court arrest,” he said, questioning why police were silent on cow-killers.
“It is my wish that if I die before there is a blanket ban on killing of cows in India, my ashes be kept at a ‘gaushala’ and immersed in the Ganga only after every cow is safe in India,” he said.
Kumar said the videos in question were uploaded on the social networking sites about a decade ago. “Where was the police all these years?” he said.
“If a video can be used as an evidence for the registration of an FIR then the police should also book butchers on the basis of cow-slaughtering videos,” he said.
The said videos show truck drivers and other people found indulging in transporting cows being beaten up. Some of vigilantes had allegedly urinated on the victims. Kumar and his aides are seen carrying firearms and swords.
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