Crackdown on cow vigilantes: Punjab police book Gau Raksha Dal chief Satish Kumar, 2 others

By: | Updated: August 8, 2016 4:14 PM

Punjab police have lodged an FIR against Gaur Raksha Dal chief Satish Kumar in connection with a social media video

satish-LThe notorious Gau Raksha Dal led by Satish Kumar has been posting videos of its attacks on trucks carrying cattle for slaughter. (Source: IE)

Punjab police have lodged an FIR against Gaur Raksha Dal chief Satish Kumar in connection with a social media video. Patiala SSP Gurmeet Chauhan said that the FIR was lodged under Sections  382, 384, 323, 341, 148, 149. However, Kumar is yet to be arrested, reported ANI. In a video,  the Gau Raksha Dal members were seen thrashing people in the name of cow protection. The notorious Gau Raksha Dal has been posting videos of its attacks on trucks carrying cattle for slaughter. Along with Kumar, two other people have also been named in the FIR case. They are: Annu and Gurpreet alias Happy, according to police. Kumar later said that the FIR against him was filed due to media pressure.

According to an India Today report, the group operates as a 24×7 “extra-constinutional force” in Punjab’s Rajpura. In the report, Kumar had justified the vigilantism practiced by his group. He had even said he was “proud to become the country’s biggest goon” to save the cows from slaughter. Kumar, a former power-lifter has a network of informers and activists who carry out the groups’ “mission”.

The FIR comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi has repeatedly lashed out at the so called ‘gau rakshaks’ who often attack people in the name of saving the bovine. During his first Townhall meeting on Saturday, the PM had said some people have set up shops in the name of cow protection. He had asked state governments to prepare a dossier of the so called ‘gau rakshaks’ to find out their real identity.

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