NEW DELHI: Peeved at the growing number of lynching cases, the Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre and the states not to provide any protection to cow vigilantes who were taking law into their own hands and harassing people.
It also asked them to submit reports of violent incidents within four weeks and fixed September 6 for next hearing of the case filed by an activist T S Poonawalla.
Solicitor general Vijay Kumar told the bench headed by Dipak Mishra that the law and order was a state subject and that the Centre does not support any kind of violence.
" We know you will say that. But you don't protect any kind of vigilantism", justice Mishra retorted.
The court had taken objection to some violent content posted on the social media by cow vigilante groups. Both the Centre and states should assist the court in removing these contents
The court had issued notice to six states, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Karnataka in the wake of lynching.
Counsel who appeared on behalf of BJP-ruled states of Gujarat and Jharkhand told the court that action had been taken by these government against all those who were charged with violent attacks.
Attacks have been made by cow protectionists even after a tough message given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to them a couple of weeks back. "Killing people in the name of Gau Bhakti is not acceptable. No person in this nation has the right to take the law in his or her own hands in this country", he had said.
RSS chief promoter Manmohan Vaidya has also made a statement saying that the Sangh does not support any kind of violence in the name of cow protection.
Often the cow has been used as a cover to settle old scores. Recently, a seat dispute on a train in Haryana a boy was called a beef eater and attacked . His family members were also not spared.
A man was killed in Jharkhand for allegedly carrying beef and his van was set on fire.
More recently six men transporting buffaloes to a slaughterhouse in Delhi were beaten by a group which claimed to be cow protectors.
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