Amid reports of high-handedness by cow vigilante groups, Bajrang Dal activists have sought to justify such acts, saying they will go to any extent to protect cows, which is like a mother to them, and cited Dadri lynching incident as an example of such backlash. A top VHP leader also said that when the law and the constitution is not protected by those in power and there is laxity, “such incidents will happen”.
“Hundreds of our volunteers have been sacrificed. That is why if there will be sacrifices of cow protectors, those involved in smuggling and slaughter of cows will not get spared. Dadri is an example of this. Cow is like a mother to us and there can be no compromise on cow. If we have to give our sacrifice to protect the cow, we are ready,” said Rajesh Pandey, national convener of the Bajrang Dal.
Asked if he was ready to take the life of anyone in this regard, he smiled back saying, “Dadri incident is an example of this.” Pandey also said that a sense of fear has to be created so that people do not indulge in smuggling and slaughter of cows in the country. “If they fall to this extent of killing and smuggling the cows, which are like mother to us, then we will have to create some kind of fear and pressure, as not even a single cow should fall into the hands of slaughterers,” he said.
VHP general secretary Champat Rai said that if the government and law enforcement agencies do not enforce the laws relating to cows or deliberatey ignore them, then incidents of violence will happen. “If I consider cow as my mother and my 5 friends also do so, then we are a cow protection force. What recognition does it require. There is no need for any recognition. I also feel if government and its employees do not strictly follow the law and constitution and deliberately allow its violation with regard to cows, then such incidents will happen,” he said.
Several non-BJP parties condemned the remarks made by leaders of VHP and its youth wing Bajrang Dal and alleged this is the result of the patronage they received from the Modi government.