PM Narendra Modi hits out at cow vigilantes

Calls them anti-socials hiding behind the mask of cow protectors.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the first time on Saturday hit out at the cow vigilantes, tearing off the mask of some indulging in anti-social activities in the night and going around in day as great protectors of cows.

He asked the state governments to prepare a dossier of such persons who have opened “shops” in the name of “Gau raksha (cow protection) as a cover to own crimes. Though he initially said all cow vigilantes are not criminals, he went on to claim 70 to 80% of them would turn out to be criminals if the state governments run a check on them.

Modi spoke out on the nuisance of the so-called cow vigilantes while interacting with citizens from a stadium here in a Town Hall-style event. He sought to expose those wearing the mask of the cow protectors.

He also sought to differentiate between “Gau bhakts” and “Gau-sewaks.” He asked those going around as cow vigilantes that if they want to serve the cows, they should urge the people not to throw plastic on roads. This will be their great service towards the cow

and most of the cows die due to suffocation from gulping of the plastic bags.

The Modi government at the Centre and BJP governments in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh have come under strong criticism for attacks on Dalits and Muslims by vigilante groups amid the charge that the law enforcement agencies remained mute spectators.

Without naming any organisation, Modi said the term “swayamsevak” means selfless service and those associated with it should not mistake their role to create a fear psychosis among others.  “Even to campaign for limiting the use of plastics and stopping its littering around will be a big service to the welfare of the cow,” he said.

The Prime Minister recalled his stint as Chief Minister of Gujarat and said at one health camp at least two buckets full of plastic were removed from the stomach of one cow.

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