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Mohan Bhagwat Pitches For All-India Ban on Cow Slaughter Amid Alwar Upoar

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday 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.

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Updated:April 9, 2017, 3:32 PM IST
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Mohan Bhagwat Pitches For All-India Ban on Cow Slaughter Amid Alwar Upoar
File photo of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday 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.

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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.

Bhagwat’s statement come amid uproar over the lynching of Pehlu Khan, a 55-year-old dairy farmer, in Rajasthan’s Alwar district. At least four people have been arrested so far and the police are looking for 10 more alleged cow vigilantes.

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The incident, which comes two years a similar mob lynching in Dadri town of Uttar Pradesh, also found an echo in the Supreme Court which took note of a plea demanding ban on cow vigilante groups in five BJP-ruled states and Karnataka where the Congress is in power.

The issue also led to uproar in Parliament where the Congress demanded an apology from Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi for “denying” the lynching. Naqvi later said he

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On April 3, alleged cow vigilantes in Alwar stopped a truck carrying cows from a cattle fair and thrashed its occupants on April 3 leading to the death of Pehlu Khan.

Such incidents have been reported in past from Maharashtra when on August 21, 2016, a group allegedly chased two trucks carrying bullocks and tried to intercept them without informing the police.

In Uttar Pradesh, 'gau rakshaks' on August 10, 2016 had allegedly thrashed four persons whom they suspected to be "cow thieves" near Jiroli village in Aligarh district.

(With PTI inputs)

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