“Beat them up but don’t break their bones” : VHP’s advice to its young cow vigilantes
Meerut, Sep 05: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s (VHP) gau raksha vibhaag (cow protection department) has a piece of advice for young cow vigilantes on how to handle cattle smugglers – “Beat them up but don’t break their bones”.
Addressing a meeting of top gau rakshaks from western UP, Braj region and Uttarakhand on Sunday, Khemchand, a member of the gau raksha department’s central committee, urged VHP workers to also enlist non-VHP volunteers for the cause of cow protection so that “no cattle smuggler would dare” to carry out illegal trade of the animal when faced with “an army of gau rakshaks”.
Khemchand also said that “cow protection, not Make in India” would “save the country”.
“There was a lot of talk recently about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement on cow protection. I don’t agree with most of what he said, but I do agree that we shouldn’t take the law into our hands. I often say to my workers – maaro magar haddi mat todo (beat them up but don’t break their bones). If you break someone’s bones then you will get into trouble with the police. Some people show off by shooting viral videos of them beating up cattle smugglers. There is no need for them to do that,” Khemchand said, addressing the gau rakshaks.
While Khemchand described PM Narendra Modi as a “fellow pracharak” and someone he admired, it did not stop him from taking a dig at the PM’s pet project ‘Make in India’.