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Protest Held in Bhopal Against Cow Vigilantism Inspired Violence

Masood told News18 that there was a growing atmosphere of fear in Madhya Pradesh. “Two women were assaulted last year on Ratlam railway station on suspicion of carrying beef and recently 15 minority men were arrested by police after the cricket match on charges of cheering Pakistan,” he said.

Vivek Trivedi | News18.com

Updated:July 5, 2017, 4:54 PM IST
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Protest Held in Bhopal Against Cow Vigilantism Inspired Violence
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Bhopal: A protest was organised in old Bhopal on Wednesday against the growing cases of violence in the name of cow vigilantism.

Led by former MP Congress Committee spokesperson Arif Masood, the protest opposed the violence ‘unleashed’ in the name of cow vigilantism by gau rakshaks and Bajrang Dal members across the country.

Masood told News18 that there was a growing atmosphere of fear in Madhya Pradesh. “Two women were assaulted last year on Ratlam railway station on suspicion of carrying beef and recently 15 minority men were arrested by police after the cricket match on charges of cheering Pakistan,” he said.

We are sending a memorandum to Prime Minister and the President of India, he said, adding that they would even approach Supreme Court if things does not improve.

Organised in Budhwara square in Old Bhopal, the protest attracted people of all age groups who called for prohibitive action against those involved in cow vigilantism and instilling sense of fear among minorities including Dalits, Sikhs and Muslims by their unruly acts.

Mohammad Haneef (62) said that an atmosphere of fear is prevailing in the country. Another middle-aged businessman who attended the programme claimed that certain elements were unleashing terror among the minorities.

However, people like 70-year-old Abdul Samad said that while unleashing terror by vested elements on minorities is wrong, such protests were also driven by vested interests.

“Those who support such attacks on minorities and those who organise such events, should not be encouraged. These elements only offer fuel to the fire and do nothing else,” Samad said, as he stood at a distance from the protest site.

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