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SP’s Muslim MLA Zameerullah Khan launches ‘save cow’ campaign

Khan has approached several local clerics, Imams and other Muslim leaders for the purpose.

Written by Mohd Faisal Fareed | Lucknow |
Updated: August 4, 2015 9:07:58 am
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Samajwadi Party MLA Zameerullah Khan has launched a “save cow” campaign, under which Muslim clerics will visit mosques and administer oath to the members of the community to save cows and prevent cow slaughter.

Khan has approached several local clerics, Imams and other Muslim leaders for the purpose. “Since Hindus, who are our elder brothers, see cow as ‘Gau Mata’, we respect their beliefs. I, along with other Muslims, will take oath to save cows,” he said.

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“I had consulted several leading clerics and have taken the decision in light of the teachings in Quran. It has not been mentioned anywhere that cow slaughter or eating cow meat is mandatory. We should respect our brother’s religion and respect cow,” he said.

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The Muslim clerics, while highlighting the importance of cows and its benefits, will also stress on peaceful co-existence with Hindus by respecting cows.

The first oath will be taken in Aligarh’s Tappal town on Friday. “Tension prevails in the area following a report of alleged cow slaughter recently. Six persons had been arrested. We will take Muslim clerics from Aligarh and administer the oath,” Khan said. The exercise will be repeated at different mosques every Friday.

Khan, who represents Kol Assembly seat in Aligarh, has also prepared a proforma, which has to be filled by cow sellers and buyers. He has got the proforma distributed to all police stations, following direction from Aligarh Range DIG Govind Agarwal, who has made the same mandatory for all cattle sellers.

The proforma seeks information on both the cow sellers and the buyers — their names, addresses, photo identity proofs, mobile numbers, no objection certificates from concerned police stations for selling cows, purpose of selling cows (whether it is being sold for milk) and also a brief description of the cow.

“It is a good initiative. On a trial basis, we are implementing it in Aligarh. Later, it will be extended to other districts in the range,” the DIG said.

The reason behind issuing the proforma is that Hindus often sell cows to Muslims, leading to communal clashes.

“I will soon meet Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in order to make this proforma mandatory across the state,” Khan said.

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