Centre has no data on lynching by cow vigilantes

New Delhi: The government on Wednesday denied availability of any data on mob lynchings by cow vigilantes even while admitting four Home Ministry advisories, one in 2016 and three in 2018, to the states to take action against miscreants who take law into their own hands.

Tiruchi Siva (DMK) and Bonoy Viswam (CPI) had sought details of statewise mob lynchings over the last three years.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said the police and the law and order are the state government’s responsibilities.

He also clarified that the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) does not maintain specific data with respect to lynching in the country.

The minister, however, clarified that the home ministry has issued advisories to the states and union territories to maintain law and order and ensure that any person who takes law into his hand is punished promptly as per law.

Such advisories were issued in August 2016 and thrice in 2018 on July 7, 23 and September 23 for taking measures "to curb incidents of mob lynching in the country."

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