Condemning the thrashing of a Muslim man in Nagpur district on the suspicion that he was carrying beef, Union minister Ramdas Athawale today said that everyone has the right to eat beef. He also called for severe punishment for cow vigilantes.“
Everyone has the right to eat beef. Since goat meat is expensive, people eat beef. I condemn the Nagpur incident. It is not right to become a ‘nar-bhakshak’ (man-eater) in the name of being a ‘gau-rakshak’ (cow protector),” the Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment told reporters here.
He stressed that cow-vigilantes should not take the law into their hands.
“Such violent cow vigilantes should be punished,” Athawale said.
A 31-year-old Muslim man, with links to the BJP, was brutally thrashed in public by alleged cow vigilantes on the suspicion that he was carrying beef in Maharashtra’s Nagpur district on Wednesday.
He alleged that there appeared to be a larger plan to undermine PM Narendra Modi who had expressed concern over violence in the name of cow protection. “The increasing incidents of violence in the name of the cow could be a strategy to undermine Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Opposition leaders have alleged the role of a section of the BJP working to undermine the rising status of Modi,” he said.
Ramdad Athawale is the founding leader of Republican Party of India.
The cases of violent cow vigilantism are on a rise. Recently due to large scale protests, PM Modi had to break his silence over the issue. But unfortunately any tangible action is yet to be seen. In most cases Police is a mute spectator.
Source : HT