Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Saturday asked the people to remain alert against “beef politics” and said that some “fringe groups” of the BJP had already attempted to foment trouble by “importing” beef politics in certain parts of the state.
“The government is maintaining a close vigil over the situation and timely intervention of the government machinery prevented the situation from snowballing into chaos,” an official press release attributed to the chief minister said. He also said that some jihadi groups were also out to create trouble.
“Jihadi groups are also hell-bent to create disturbance and vitiate the communal amity of the state,” chief minister Gogoi said, asking the people not to fall prey into the evil design of the communal forces.The police in Assam had only last month busted a jihadi training camp run by a JMB module, arrested ten persons and also recovered several weapons that were kept concealed in a pit in Chirang district.
Assam has the second highest percentage of Muslims among all states after Jammu and Kashmir, with the state’s Muslim population jumping from 30.9 per cent in the 2001 census to 34.22 per cent in the 2011 census. Of a total population of 3,12,05,573, the number of Muslims stood at 1,6,79,345 (34.22 per cent) in 2011, and that of Hindus at 1,91,80,759 (61.46 per cent).
Assam incidentally had enacted the Assam Cattle Preservation Act way back in 1950 which clearly bans cow slaughter. But, Section 5 of the Act permits slaughter of cattle on issue of ‘fit-for-slaughter’ certificate, to be given if cattle is over 14 years of age or has become permanently incapacitated for work or breeding due to injury, deformity or any incurable disease. Section 6 prohibits slaughter except in place specified by the authority.