Modi directs states for strict action against cow vigilantes

July 16, 2017 04:19 PM
PM Narender Modi ,

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has issued a stern warning to cow vigilante groups on the eve of the monsoon of Parliament, saying no one can take law and order into their own hands.

"PM Modi has asked states to take strict action against those violating law in the name of cow protection. No person or group can be allowed to take the law into their own hands," said Union minister ananth Kumar quoting the Prime Minister.

Kumar was addressing media persons after attending an all-party meeting on Sunday, where PM Modi and senior BJP leaders were present.

The Prime Minister's barbed remarks came in the wake of reports of mobs attacking and lynching people over allegations of carrying or eating beef.

"There is a law on cow protection in the country. But committing crimes in the name of cow protection out of personal animosities cannot be tolerated," PM Modi said

He alleged that some political parties were portraying cow protection as a communal issue to gain political mileage, which is detrimental to the country's secular fibre.

"It (cow vigilantism) should not be given political or communal colour; the nation doesn't benefit from it. Everyone should come together and put an end to it," he said.

Last month, PM Modi had echoed a similar sentiment and said that "killing in the name of cow worship is not acceptable".

He also aired his concern over the flood situation in the eastern and north-eastern states of the country. As many as 80 people have lost their lives in the floods that have hit 58 districts in the Northeast.

The monsoon session of Parliament, which begins on Monday, is expected to be stormy with the Opposition parties all set to corner the government over a range of issues concerning national security, foreign policy and other domestic matters. Voting to elect the new President is also scheduled for the same day, in which 776 members of Parliament will cast their ballot.

PM Modi said it would have been very good had a consensus been reached on the presidential candidate. He, however, said "high level of dignity" has been maintained by both sides during the campaign and no "ill will or bad language" has been used.



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