Mumbai: Condemning the alleged thrashing of a Muslim man in Nagpur district on the suspicion that he was carrying beef, Union minister Ramdas Athawale on Friday said that everyone has the right to eat beef.
He also called for severe punishment for "violent cow vigilantes".
"Everyone has the right to eat beef. Since goat meat is expensive, people eat beef. I condemn the Nagpur incident. It is not right to become a 'nar-bhakshak (man-eater) in the name of being a gau-rakshak (cow protector)," the Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment told reporters.
He said cow-vigilantes should not take the law into their hands.
"Such violent cow vigilantes should be punished," Athawale said.
Aapko police ke paas jaane ka adhikaar hai kanoon haath mein lene ka adhikaar nahi. Gau rakshakon ko kathor saza milni chahiye: R Athawale pic.twitter.com/NRLIOT1Ld7
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A 31-year-old Muslim man, with links to the BJP, was brutally thrashed in public by alleged cow vigilantes on the suspicion that he was carrying beef in Maharashtra's Nagpur district on Wednesday.
About explosives found in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly, Athawale said this was a "very serious matter".
"This incident is similar to the attack on Parliament," he said.
"There is no conspiracy to kill Yogi (Adityanath), but there should be an investigation into the matter. Its possible terror links should be also probed," he said.
In a major security breach, a powerful plastic explosive was found in the UP Assembly, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday informed the House, which unanimously recommended an NIA probe into it.
On NDA's presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind, who is scheduled to visit Mumbai on Saturday, Athawale said, "He should visit Matoshree and meet (Shiv Sena president) Uddhav Thackeray. Pranab Mukherjee had also visited Matoshree when his candidature was announced (for the post of president)."
Sources in the BJP had earlier said Kovind was not scheduled to visit Thackeray's residence during his Mumbai visit.
Published Date: Jul 14, 2017 19:57 PM | Updated Date: Jul 14, 2017 19:58 PM