BJP MLA Raja Singh says cases like Alwar lynching will continue until law against cow slaughter is brought in

After a man was thrashed by a group of people on suspicion of being a cow smuggler in Alwar, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Raja Singh reportedly said that such lynchings will not stop till cow slaughtering ends and called for a law against the same.

On Monday, Singh said, "The Parliament should pass a bill for the protection of cows and cow should also be declared as 'Gau raj mata'. Then only such incidents will stop."

"On Saturday, Akbar Khan (28) and his friend Aslam were taking two cows to their village in Haryana through a forested area near Lalawandi in Alwar district when five men attacked them," Ramgarh police station SHO Subhash Sharma said. They suspected that Khan was smuggling cows, but the allegation is yet to be verified.

File image of BJP MLA Raja Singh. News18

File image of BJP MLA Raja Singh. News18

Singh previously courted controversy when a case was registered against him in 2016 for his remarks allegedly defending the attacks on Dalits in Gujarat's Una and supporting the cow vigilantes involved.

In a two-and-half minute video posted on Facebook on 30 July, 2016, Singh had defended the cow vigilantes, saying those who consume cow meat are bringing "disgrace" to the entire community and should be "taught a lesson".

Meanwhile, the Centre on Monday sought a report from the Rajasthan government on the Alwar lynching case. The home ministry asked the Rajasthan government to provide details of the incident, the action taken to punish those involved in it and the steps taken to restore peace, an official told PTI.

The Rajasthan Police has also set up a high-level committee to probe the allegations of delay against the Alwar police in taking Khan to a hospital after he was allegedly lynched on the suspicion of cow smuggling.

With inputs from agencies

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Updated Date: Jul 23, 2018 17:32:23 IST

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