Punjab: Crackdown on ‘cow vigilantes’, Gau Raksha Dal chief booked

Satish Kumar is booked in connection with a social media video showing organisation members thrashing people in the name of cow protection.

By: ANI | Patiala | Updated: August 8, 2016 11:31 am
Rashtra Prakash (above, far left), northern region head of the Gau-Raksha Vibhag, with members of his group. “We want a Central law against cow slaughter,” he says. Rashtra Prakash (above, far left), northern region head of the Gau-Raksha Vibhag, with members of his group. (Express Photo)

In a crackdown on pseudo cow vigilantes, the Patiala Police on Monday lodged an FIR against ‘Gau Raksha Dal’ chief Satish Kumar in connection with a social media video showing organisation members “brutally” thrashing people in the name of cow protection.

Patiala Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Gurmeet Chauhan confirmed the news to ANI.

An FIR was lodged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC); however, Kumar is yet to be arrested.

A day ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had strongly rebuked cow vigilantes, saying most of them are ‘anti-social’ elements who are running ‘shops’ in the name of cow protection.

In his first comments on the violence against Dalits by cow vigilantes, Prime Minister Modi has also asked the state governments to prepare dossiers on the so-called cow protectors as 80 percent of them do illegal activities at night and become cow protectors in the day.

“The people, who are troubled by the unity of the society, are in the name of ‘gau rakshaks’ attempting to create friction the society. I urge my fellow countrymen to be aware of such ‘gau rakshaks’,” he said.

The Prime Minister addressing the Town Hall meeting organised at Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex in capital New Delhi to mark the second anniversary of MyGov(dot) on Saturday broke his silence, talking strong exception to atrocities on Dalits in Gujarat’s Una in the name of cow protection.

He said, “I am very much angry on those who have opened their occupation in the name of ‘Gau Raksha’ (cow protection). There are many ‘Gau Rakshaks’ (cow protectors). They protect cows to hide their illegal occupations. Cows mostly die of eating plastic bags and these gau rakshaks should urge people not to throw plastics on the roads. This will be a big sewa,” he said.

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