Days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi lambasted the recent string of growing mob lynching incidents in various parts of the country, Shiv Sena has now followed the suit. Thanking PM Modi for his tough stand, Shiv Sena on Tuesday said that killing people in the name of cow protection was against the ideas taught by Hindutva.

In a column published in their party mouthpiece Saamana, Shiv Sena stated, “Nobody has the right to take the law in his hands in the name of cow protection and asserted that lynching people is against the principles of Hindutva.”

Thanking PM Modi for his recent condemning of the incidents Sena said, “We welcome the stand taken by the Prime Minister over the issue.”

“Those who were safeguarding cows were Hindus till yesterday. Today, they have become murderers,” the editorial read.

Shiv Sena also exerted on the need for a national policy over cow slaughter, beef consumption and other businesses that are related to it. The editorial further stated, “The issue of beef is related to eating habits, business and employment. Hence, there should be a national policy over the issue.”

Multiple incidents of mob lynching people in the pretext of cow vigilantism have been surfacing lately from across the country. The most recent incident came from Ramgarh, Madhya Pradesh where a 41-year-old Muslim trader was lynched to death by a mob on the same day as PM Modi condemned violence by alleged cow vigilantes.

Alimuddin alias Asgar Ansari was beaten to death near Bajartand village for carrying the “banned meat” in a Maruti van that was later torched by the agitators.

In a similar incident, a 19-year-old boy was beaten to death after an argument over seat sharing while returning back to his home in Ballabgarh after shopping for Eid in the national capital on June 22.

Apparently, the victim identified as Junaid was also accused of carrying beef in a packet as the mob assaulted him.

First Published | 4 July 2017 3:23 PM
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