STATE MINORITY Affairs Minister Azam Khan on Sunday condemned the killing of an alleged cow smuggler — a resident of Saharanpur in UP — in Himachal Pradesh and dared Haryana and Punjab governments to ban the sale of “prohibited” animals in the market.
Khan went on to ask why only those transporting “prohibited animals” were being killed in such a manner while those selling the animals did not share the same fate. “If only these cattle sellers and governments should feel ashamed of their deeds,” he said in a statement.
Saharanpur’s Noman (20) was beaten up by a mob in Himachal Pradesh for alleged cattle smuggling. While police apprehended four of his accomplices, Noman succumbed to his injuries later in the hospital.
Khan, citing an article published in RSS mouthpiece Panchajanya, said the organisation has made its policy very clear. Panchajanya, in its cover story, has said that the killing of Aqlakh in Dadri over beef consumption rumours could not have been “without reason” and even the “Vedas mandate killing of those who slaughter cows”.
“In their words, India is an undeclared Hindu country and those hurting the faith of Hindus would have to meet the same fate and lose their lives. This divisive mindset makes it clear that law and order of the country is in the hands of those, who hold lathi, danda aur talwar,” Khan said.
The minister also raised the issue of detention of Patel quota leader Hardik Patel, who had threatened to stage protests during the India-South Africa one-day international match in Rajkot in Gujarat. He said, “I want to tell the intellectuals of the country, especially those fighting for human rights, that these fascist forces have taken contract of violating human rights in Gujarat.”
“Instead of holding talks with the leader of a deprived section in Gujarat, Hardik Patel — the common man — was being suppressed and even deprived of tickets for sports events. This is violation of human rights and at the same time, is an attempt to stop the truth,” Khan added.
The minister said the country would not be in a position to face the world if such incidents are not checked and Prime Minister fails to control his workers “from forcing their ideology on others”.