Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan returns cow gifted by seer, says any vigilante may kill it to defame him

By: | Updated: April 9, 2017 10:39 PM

Senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan today returned the cow which was gifted to him by Shankaracharya of Govardhan Peeth Swami Adhokshjanand Maharaj, saying any vigilante could kill the animal to "defame" him.

Khan alleged a “vicious propaganda has been launched against Muslims in the country and their condition was even worse than that of slaves”. (Reuters)Senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan today returned the cow which was gifted to him by Shankaracharya of Govardhan Peeth Swami Adhokshjanand Maharaj, saying any vigilante could kill the animal to “defame” him. The former Uttar Pradesh minister in a letter to the Hindu seer said: “Muslims were living in an atmosphere of insecurity … Any cow vigilante might harm or even kill the beautiful and beneficial animal to defame me and the Muslim community.” The Hindu seer had in October 2015 gifted a black cow to Khan after the latter had expressed his desire to have one in his dairy.

Khan alleged a “vicious propaganda has been launched against Muslims in the country and their condition was even worse than that of slaves”.

He accused the state government of practising double standards, saying “the VVIPs are allowed to consume meat but common people are being troubled unnecessarily and even eliminated”.

The SP leader said to the Shankaracharya that he accorded “best treatment” to the cow and the animal was being returned keeping in view its “safety and security”.

He told reporters that the cow was “safely” sent back to the seer in the afternoon.

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Meanwhile, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat today had strongly pitched for an all-India law against cow slaughter and asked the vigilante groups to obey the law while espousing the cause of protecting the animal.

“We want a law banning cow slaughter across the country,” he said at an event to mark the birth anniversary of Lord Mahavir here.

The RSS chief said the work of cow protection should be continued by obeying the law.

“Any violence in the name of cow slaughter defames the cause and the law must be obeyed,” he said.

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