Referring to the Udupi murder case, where a man was allegedly killed for carrying cows in his van, Karnataka’s Law Minister T.B. Jayachandra said some cow vigilantes are targeting a section of society in the name of cow, adding that serious note has been taken in this regard.
“In two three districts, the cow vigilantes are targeting a section of people in the name of cow, that is happening and we have taken serious note of it also,” Jayachandra told ANI. “The case has already been registered. Let us see whether those people were transporting cows for ulterior purpose or for any other thing…that has to be looked into,” he added.
Eighteen people were arrested on Wednesday by the Udupi district police for allegedly killing a BJP worker, who was transporting three calves. The victim identified as Praveen Poojary was transporting the calves along with his friend Akshay Devadiga. While Poojary died after the attack, Devadiga is presently being treated at a hospital.
Earlier this month, the Centre had asked the states and union territories not to tolerate any attacks on individuals in the name of cow vigilantism. The Home Ministry has also asked the states to ensure that any person, who takes the law into his hands, is dealt with promptly and given strict punishment.