A day after breaking his silence on the recent incidents of violence by cow vigilantes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday once again called for stringent action against fake cow protectors.
“Be wary of ‘nakli’ (fake) gau rakshaks, they have nothing to do with cow. Governments should crack down on them,” the Prime Minister said during his address at a function to lay water pipes in Medak’s Gajwel.
Speaking at a Town Hall-style meeting, Modi said: “Some people who indulge in anti-social activities in the night, wear the mask of gau rakshaks (cow protectors) during the day. I have asked the state governments to prepare a dossier of all such people.”
Making a distinction between self-styled “gau rakshaks” and those who are genuinely concerned about the welfare of the bovines, Modi said he felt anguished at the actions of such vigilante groups.
“Mujhe gussa aata hai (I feel anguished),” he said, and lamented that more cows die by swallowing plastics than by slaughtering.
Modi, who is on his maiden visit to Telangana, also remotely inaugurated or laid the foundation stone for various projects in different parts of the state.
Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan, Chief Minister Rao, Union Ministers M. Venkaiah Naidu, Ananth Kumar, Suresh Prabhu, Piyush Goel and Bandaru Dattatreya also attended the programme.
Without naming any organisation he said the term “swayamsevak” means selfless service and those associated with it should not mistake their role to create 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.
His comments on cow vigilantes come after the furore over the flogging of Dalits in Gujarat’s Una town for skinning a dead cow last month.