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Jharkhand Govt Dismisses Cow Vigilantism as 'Stray Incidents'

In its four-page affidavit, Jharkhand government did not give details of any of these cases to satisfy the top court about the actions being taken against cow vigilantes.

Utkarsh Anand | CNN-News18

Updated:July 21, 2017, 10:56 AM IST
Jharkhand Govt Dismisses Cow Vigilantism as 'Stray Incidents'
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New Delhi: After three incidents of murder due to alleged cow vigilantism in the state, the Jharkhand government dismissed the reports by claiming them to be "stray incidents".

Replying to a notice issued by the Supreme Court last year, the BJP-ruled state has submitted that "a few incidents of violence have indeed taken place in the recent past".

The affidavit filed by the government did not mention anything about the incidents or the follow up actions in these cases.

In its four-page affidavit, Jharkhand government did not give details of any of these cases to satisfy the top court about the actions being taken against cow vigilantes.

Instead, the state government said that "confidence of the aggrieved community has been fully restored." The affidavit added that steps were being taken to ensure safety of their life, liberty and properties too.

It told the court that in cases of these "stray incidents", compensation has been paid to the "victims of violence perpetrated by gau rakshaks" and efforts of rehabiliation were also being made.

A tight vigil on social media is also being kept, added the state.

On June 29, a man was lynched on suspicion of carrying beef in Jharkhand's Ramgarh district. The victim, Alimuddin Ansari was brutally beaten up by a mob and his car was on set on fire, hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Gujarat had condemned cow vigilantism.

In this case, more than dozen people, including a local BJP leader were later arrested.

The incident happened two days after another man was thrashed and his house was set on fire in Giridih for allegedly killing a cow.

In March 2016, two Muslim cattle traders were found hanged to death in Jharkhand's Latehar district. The victims, Mazlum Ansari and teenager Imteyaz Khan were heading to an animal fair in a nearby district when they were allegedly lynched and hanged by a mob. Later, five people were arrested under the charge of murder.

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| Edited by: Swati Sharma
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