PM Modi attacks cow vigilantes: Some people have set up shops in the name ‘gauraksha’

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New Delhi | Updated: Aug 10, 2016 7:01 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today hit out at the so called cow saviours (gaurakshaks) in the country.

cow-LA dossier of such ‘gaurakshaks’ would reveal that 70-80% of them are anti-social elements. (Source: Twitter)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today hit out at the so called cow saviours (‘gaurakshaks’) in the country. Speaking during his first Townhall meeting in New Delhi, Modi said, “Some people have set up their shops in the name of ‘gaurakhsa’.” The harshest attack against the ‘gaurakshaks’ from the PM came as a surprise during the meet in which he talked about a host of issues ranging from good governance to improving tourism potential of the country and the secret of his health.

Attacking the cow vigilantes, Modi said, “Some people who do anti-social activity at night, wear veil of ‘gauraksha’ in the day.” He requested the state governments to prepare a dossier of self-declared ‘gaurakshaks’ to find their real identity. “I request state governments to prepare a dossier of such ‘gaurakshaks’ and 70-80% of them would be found to be anti-social elements.” The PM talked about the atrocities conducted by the so called ‘gaurakshaks’ while replying to a question on volunteerism. Modi said it comes from within. Volunteerism requires a sense of service. “Volunteerism is not about hurting others,” he said.

Modi said that if some people really consider themselves as cow saviours, they should save the cows from eating plastic. “More cows die by eating plastic, than by getting killed. I ask them (so called ‘gaurakshaks’) to save the cow from eating plastic. If they can make stop people throwing plastic, that will amount to helping cow,” he said.

The notorious ‘gaurakshaks’ have attacked several people across the country on the rumours of beef eating or cow slaughter. Recently, they flogged four Dalit youths in Gujarat for skinning dead cows. The incident sparked widespread protests in the state as well as other parts of the country.

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