New Delhi: After Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech criticising 'Gau rakshaks' for spreading a violent climate in the country, Haryana has set up a special police squad whose task will be to evaluate whether a group is genuine 'cow protectors' or are just vigilantes.
A BJP spokesperson said that the Manohar Lal Khattar government has appointed a DIG-ranked officer to lead a police squad to ascertain whether a group is genuine 'gau rakshaks' or not.
"The state government has a list of 325 active gau rakshak dal members here, and the police team has been asked to find out whether they are involved in any anti-social activities," the spokesperson said.
The Haryana government had last year passed legislation for cow protection which stated that a guilty party will be liable to serve upto 10 years in jail and pay a fine of Rs 1 lakh.
However, it will not be an easy task for the new police squad to determine whether a group has been genuinely inspired by the motive to protect cows or to just attack its attacker no matter the consequences.