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Swati Godbole | HENB | Nagpur | July 16, 2017:: The Muslim man with links to the BJP who was thrashed by alleged cow vigilantes in Maharashtra’s Nagpur district four days ago was carrying beef, police have said. The police had arrested four persons for brutally thrashing Salim Shaha (34), a member of the BJP’s Katol unit, on July 12 and sent the meat he was carrying to a forensic laboratory.
The news was being suppressed by the BJP media managers in Mumbai and Nagpur whether the meat ceased was actually beef and BJP member Salim Shaha was belived as a influnential party member in the ‘rich beef lobby’.
The lab report was “positive”, i.e. it was beef, Superintendent of Police (Nagpur rural) Shailesh Balkawde told PTI yesterday. Police will initiate further action against Shaha in accordance with the law, he said.
After the ‘ceased meat’ found as ‘beef’, BJP is trying to address the media otherwise. The Nagpur (rural) unit president of the BJP, Rajiv Potdar, expressed shock at the findings. It was shocking that Salim Shaha has been found to be carrying beef that day, Potdar said, adding he would be dismissed from the party. But, the ‘Beef Lobby’ and the ‘Minority Morcha’ managers in Nagpur and Maharashtra BJP are trying hard to forgive Salim as he did a first time mistake.
Salim’s mother had claimed that he was the head of the BJP’s Katol tehsil minority morcha, while local BJP leaders said he was a party member. However Potdar said, stern action should be taken against him according to the law, but people must not take law in their own hands and resort to violence in such cases.
The incident of thrashing had drawn strong condemnation from the ruling BJP’s coalition partner Shiv Sena, besides the opposition Congress and NCP. While Shiv Sena is condemning the incident as a BJP member is found involved in illegal beef transportation and trading; the Congress and NCP is fueling the situation with a demand to struck down the Maharashtra Laws banning beef.
However, the BJP had sought to play it down, calling it a “stray” incident.
Salim Shaha, the resident of Katol town in Nagpur district, was returning home on his motorcycle when five-six Hinduwadi Gorakshak– cow vigilantes (not belong to BJP or RSS or VHP) accosted him at a bus stop on July 12 in Bharsingi village on suspicion that he was carrying beef and assaulted him.
Four men – Ashwin Uike (35), Rameshwar Taywade (42), Moreshwar Tandurkar (36) and Jagdish Chaudhari (25) – were subsequently arrested and booked under IPC section 326, pertaining to voluntarily causing grievous hurt.
It is seen that the cow vigilantes in India are not ready to wind up their ‘cow protection’ activities to stop cow smuggling, cow slaughtering and beef trading anyway, though PM has been threatening them for a severe consequences all along.
__With PTI inputs.
TNN | New Delhi | July 16, 2017:: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has issued a stern warning to cow vigilante groups on the eve of the monsoon session 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 mediapersons 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 fiber.
“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”.
At the high-level meeting, PM Modi also expressed his gratitude to all political parties for their consensus on the Goods and Services Tax (GST), which ensured the swift and efficient roll out of the landmark tax reform on July 1.