Most of the callers were against the increasing violence perpetrated by cow vigilantes
For the record, the police also catch cow vigilantes. On Thursday (May 4), two farmers, Bhoop Singh and Jabar Singh, were attacked by a group for allegedly smuggling a cow in Greater Noida. The vigilantes beat them up even when the victims said they were Hindu farmers from Sirsa Khadar village who were transporting a cow they had got as a gift from Mehndipur. They were abused kicked in their faces and their stomachs by the vigilantes.
Police verified the facts from the two villages and booked the assailants under Sections 147, 323 and 504 of the Indian Penal Code. The four accused cow vigilantes, Mahesh Kumar, Ashok, Gaurav and Om Prakash, tried to escape the law by saying they were BJP workers and claimed to be catching cattle smugglers red-handed. But that didn’t work.
This is in line with increasing cow vigilante attacks on people carrying cows or even buffaloes in different parts of the country. APN tried to check the people’s pulse on the ongoing hooliganism in the name of cow vigilantism in its ‘aap ki rai’ (your opinion) 30-minute live show on May 6. It was titled as ‘Gau rakshak ya gunde ?’
Several callers from different states called the studio to share their views on as to how they see the attacks and what action government should take to control the situation.
Most of the callers from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujarat were identical in their opinion, that the acts of cow vigilantes was pure hooliganism and suggested stern action against violent cow vigilantism.
The largest number of participants came from Uttar Pradesh: Ajay and Ramatra Bharti from Mau, Shailendra from Bhadoi, Manish from Ghazipur, Arshad from Ghaziabad, Mohammad Inam from Ghazipur and Akbar from Azamgarh called the APN studio for sharing their views. Satnam from Jind, Haryana, Dilip from Ahmedabad, Gujarat and Habib from Kota, Rajasthan also shared their views in the show.
Ajay from Mau, Satnam from Jind and Ramatri Bharti were of the opinion that if they are real cow vigilantes, they should properly make enquiry about the purpose of transporting the cows before taking any step. If they find any foul intention, they should inform local police for legal action against the culprits.
Shailendra from Bhadoi and Arshad from Ghaziabad suggested that number of cows in the villages has been rising in villages and is becoming a problem for the farmers. Government should take certain initiatives for protecting their lives and arrange for their fodder.
Habib from Kota suggested that if cow vigilantes were so powerful and nationalists, they should go to Pakistan border to fight the enemy. Akbar from Azamgarh alleged the cow vigilantes were feeling more powerful with the Yogi Adityanath government. He suggested that government should take appropriate action to control the menace.
Mohammad Inam from Ghazipur was more vocal in his opinion. He said that violent vigilantes were in fact spoiling the image of cow protectionists. Inam claimed to be a gau rakshak himself.
Anoop from Haryana said maybe cow vigilantes might be facing certain pressure to turn violent against cattle smugglers.