Modi to vig­i­lantes: No killing in cow’s name

SABAR­MATI VISIT PM breaks si­lence, says lynch­ings un­ac­cept­able in Ma­hatma’s coun­try

Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - News - Hi­ral Dave let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com n

AHMED­ABAD: Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Thurs­day con­demned a rise in deadly mob attacks on cat­tle traders, beef eaters and dairy farm­ers, say­ing killing peo­ple in the name of pro­tect­ing cows is un­ac­cept­able.

Modi’s re­marks come on a day when a man in Jhark­hand was al­legedly beaten to death and his ve­hi­cle set on fire as he was be­lieved to be car­ry­ing beef.

De­liv­er­ing a speech to mark the cen­te­nary of the Sabar­mati ashram in Ahmed­abad and the 150th birth an­niver­sary of Shri­mad Ra­jchan­draji, a guru to Ma­hatma Gandhi, the Prime Min­is­ter said un­leash­ing vi­o­lence against oth­ers went against the ideals of the Fa­ther of the Na­tion.

“Killing peo­ple in the name of ‘gau bhakti’ is not ac­cept­able. This is not some­thing Ma­hatma Gandhi would ap­prove,” Modi said. “Let’s all work to­gether. Let’s cre­ate the In­dia of Ma­hatma Gandhi’s dreams. Let’s cre­ate an In­dia our free­dom fight­ers would be proud of,” said the PM. “No per­son in this na­tion has the right to take the law in his or her own hands... Vi­o­lence never has and never will solve any prob­lem. As a so­ci­ety, there is no place for vi­o­lence.”

The Prime Min­is­ter’s com­ments came a day af­ter protests in sev­eral cities against the re­cent vi­o­lence tar­get­ing Dal­its and mi­nori­ties.

Thou­sands of peo­ple, car­ry­ing plac­ards read­ing “Not in my name”, sang songs and lit can­dles in sev­eral cities, in­clud­ing New Delhi, Mum­bai, Ben­galuru, Hy­der­abad and London.

PTI

PM Naren­dra Modi of­fers flow­ers to a statue of Ma­hatma Gandhi at the Sabar­mati ashram in Ahmed­abad on Thurs­day.

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