Mumbai: The Union Minister for Social Justice Ramdas Athawle has raised serious concerns on the rising number of cow vigilantism. He said the lynching by the self – proclaimed gaurakshhas on suspicion of transporting or being in possession of beef raises serious concerns of their intentions.
Speaking to the Free Press Journal, Athawale said that these gaurakshaks are indulging in these acts of violence to destabilise the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) led government. “The Prime Minister has asked them not to kill in the name of cow. The gaurakshaks are still lynching. I believe they are doing this deliberately and trying to destabilise the government, which is not right,” said Athawale.
He defended his statement saying the ideological bent of the minds of these vigilantes does not stop them from indulging in acts of violence. “As I said, the PM has said lynching has to stop, the chief minister Yogi Adityanath also said he does not support. These gaurakshaks could be of BJP or any party it is obvious they are devious and their intention is to cause disturbance,” alleged Athawle.
Athawale also said that strict action needs to be taken against these offenders so that it becomes an example for others not to follow. “These have become like beasts and eating beef or any food is the right of the citizens. To target anyone else with suspicion every time before ascertaining the facts is not a good example. Strong action needs to be taken against such vigilantes so that it deters others from indulging in such acts of violence,” said Athawale.
Athawale is the founder leader of Republican Party of India (Athawale section) and has been a Dalit. He is a follower of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar’s ideology.
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