Opposition slams government over 'cow-vigilantism'
The opposition on Thursday came down heavily on the government for being "insensitive and ill-informed" on attacks on people by self-styled 'gau rakshaks' (cow-vigilantes).
Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad accused the Bharatiya Janata Party government of ignorance, saying that the entire world knows about these attacks except them.
Madhusudan Mistry of the Congress raised the matter during Zero Hour and said that the self-styled 'gau rakshaks' were harassing and killing people in the name cow protection.
He was supported by the entire opposition as all of them were on their feet while he spoke on the issue.
Pehlu Khan, a Muslim man in his fifties, was brutally beaten up by cow vigilantes in Rajasthan's Alwar district on Saturday while transporting cows.
Khan succumbed to his injuries on Monday night in a hospital where he was being treated.
Mistry said that the state government was not doing anything about it.
"There is constitutional breakdown in Rajsathan. The state government should be dismissed," he added.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, however, dismissed the allegations, saying nothing of that sort had happened.
"It's a sensitive matter. Nothing happened on ground (as is being alleged)," he said.
To this, Azad, showing a newspaper clipping, said that entire world knows about it but the government does not know anything about it.
Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien then asked the government to provide official report to the House, so that it could be addressed.