DIG-rank officer to identify cow vigilantes in Haryana


The Haryana government has appointed a DIG-rank officer to identify cow vigilantes in the state, a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi came down heavily on ‘cow vigilantism’. “The Haryana government has appointed DIG-Rank officer Bharti Arora for this job and directed her to lead a team to identify genuine Gaurakshak Dal in the state,” Haryana BJP Spokesperson Raman Malik said.

The state government has a list of 325 Gaurakshak Dal members, he said, adding now police has to find if they are working for protection of cows or involved in misdeeds.

“Cow protection is a vast subject to talk and we have moral and social responsibility to protect cows from slaughtering and smuggling but we should not frame ourselves in anti-social deeds,” Malik said.

Haryana has passed Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Gausamvardhan Bill 2015 in assembly under which violators would be punished up to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment and Rs one Lakh fine or both.

Modi had lashed out at ‘cow vigilantes’, saying a majority of them were anti-socials who have proclaimed themselves to be protectors of cows to cover up their misdeeds.