The right-wing militant Hindutva organisation, VHP, has issued a list of dos and don’ts to its gau raksha vibhaag (cow protection department) advising the cow vigilantes to beat the alleged cow smugglers up but “don’t break their bones.”
According to a report in Times of India, while addressing a meeting of top gau rakshaks from western UP, Braj region and Uttarakhand on Sunday, Khemchand, a member of the gau raksha department’s central committee, urged VHP workers to also enlist non-VHP volunteers for the cause of cow protection.
This, according to the report, was essentially to ensure that “no cattle smuggler would dare” carry out illegal trade of the animal when faced with “an army of gau rakshaks.”
Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Khemchand said that it was “cow protection’ and ‘not Make in India” that would “save the country.”
“There was a lot of talk recently about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement on cow protection. I don’t agree with most of what he said, but I do agree that we shouldn’t take the law into our hands. I often say to my workers – maaro magar haddi mat todo (beat them up but don’t break their bones). If you break someone’s bones then you will get into trouble with the police. Some people show off by shooting viral videos of them beating up cattle smugglers. There is no need for them to do that,” Khemchand told his supporters.
In June last year, Jantakareporter.com had exclusively reported how the Bajrang Dal goons had beat up a Muslim youth before parading him naked in Muzaffarnagar.
The video, after being reported by jantakareporter.com had caught international attention.
Vivek Premi, the Bajrang Dal goon, was charged under the National Security Act (NSA).
But the central government in January decided to revoke the NSA instructing the state administration to ‘urgently’ consider releasing him from the jail.
Indian Expressed had quoted the excerpts from the Home Ministry’s order,
“After careful consideration of the representation, the Central government is pleased to revoke under section 14 (1) of the National Security Act, 1980.
“The detenu may be released forthwith from the jail unless he is required to be kept in jail for any other case. He may be tried in the cases registered under the normal law of the land and a watch may be kept on his activities.”