Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi criticised fake cow vigilantes who render themselves as protectors of the cow. He said that such people made him “angry” and any such attacks must be investigated.
PM Modi said in Telangana on Sunday that “fake cow protectors were dividing the nation and should be isolated and punished”. He added “Be wary of ‘nakli‘ gau rakshaks, they have nothing to do with the cow. Governments should crack down on them”.
Last month in Gujrat, cow vigilantes stripped and flogged four men of Dalit caste. The victims insisted they were taking a cow’s carcass for skinning, as was their tradition.
Mr. Modi had been criticised for saying nothing over that matter.
Also in July, two Muslim women were beaten up by vigilantes over accusations that they had been carrying beef.
In the capital Delhi on Saturday, Mr. Modi said he would ask state governments across India to investigate anyone linked to such vigilante attacks.
He also said he believed “70-80% of them will turn out to be people who are involved in anti-social activities and masquerade as cow protectors to save themselves”.
In Punjab, Punjab Police have registered an FIR or first information report against Satish Kumar, who heads the state unit of a group called the Gau Raksha Dal. The case has been filed against Mr. Kumar and two of his associates for allegedly beating up truck drivers transporting cows. The police said they have taken note of videos of the Gau Raksha Dal’s activities circulated on social media.