Amid an uproar over cow vigilantism, Haryana government has decided to carry out police verification of all members of the ‘Gau Raksha Dals’ in the state and is considering issuing them identity cards.
Haryana government’s ‘Gau Sewa Ayog’, which carries out activities for protection of cows, said the step will prevent unscrupulous elements from extorting money and harassing people in the name of cow protection.
“We have decided to get the police verification done of all the Gau Raksha Dals working in the state. Once the verification is done, we may issue them I-Cards which will be their identity,” Ayog’s chairman Bhani Ram Mangla said.
“This step is aimed at stopping any fake cow protectors from extracting money from people and thrashing innocents in the name of cow protection and it will also help in exposing those unscrupulous people who operate as Gau Raksha Dals,” Mangla said.
“Gau Raksha Dals will only inform the police once they come to know about cow smuggling or cattle being taken for slaughter. They will not take law into their hands. It is for the police to take action against cow smugglers,” said Mangla.
The Haryana government’s move came two days after the Union Home Ministry issued an advisory asking all states to take prompt action against anyone sidestepping taking in the name of protecting cows.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had denounced cow vigilantes and asked people to beware of the “fake” protectors trying to divide society. He has asked states to punish the self-styled cow-protectors.
Last month, Dalit men were brutally thrashed by cow vigilantes in Gujarat’s Una town for skinning a dead cow. Later, it was found the cow was killed by a lion.