Vipin Yadav, 19, who is one of the accused in allegedly assaulting Pehlu Khan, a Muslim dairy farmer who was transporting cows along National Highway 8, was on Monday termed as the "Bhagat Singh and Chandra Shekhar Azad of today" by self-styled gau rakshak (cow vigilante) Sadhvi Kamal 'Didi', reported Times Now.
In a video of the meeting which took place in Rajasthan, Sadhvi Kamal is seen talking to Vipin Yadav (who was present at the college in Behror to appear for his annual examination under judicial custody) and congratulating him for his actions on 1 April which led to the untimely death of 55-year-old Pehlu Khan. As the students and police officials stood as witnesses, Sadhvi Kamal said, "Poora Bharat tere saath mein hai, aur hum apne desh mein aise kaam nahi karenge toh kahan karenge. Koi bhi toh na jhuke, aur na he tujhe kisi prakar ki chinta karne ki avashakta hai. (The entire country is with you. If we won’t do such things in our country then where else. One shouldn’t give in. You shouldn’t worry about anything)."
She went on to enquire about his health and asked him if he was eating well.
In what seemed to be an encouraging tone, she asked him to speak up and share his concerns.
As she addressed those present there, she drew parallels between the gau rakshaks Yadav and India's iconic freedom fighter Bhagat Singh. "Ye Bhagat Singh, (Chandra Shekhar) Azad, Sukhdev, ye hain, ye log. Inhone koi bhi galat nahi kiya, kisi prakar ka galat nahi karke gaye. (People like him are Bhagat Singh, Azad and Sukhdev. They did not do any wrong)," she said despite the large-scale condemnation the incident has garnered. At this point in the video, the crowd surrounding them (which comprised of students and the police officers escorting Vipin Yadav) broke into an applause. An NDTV version of this video showed the crowd chanting slogans too.
Sadhvi Kamal goes on tell Yadav, "The whole of India is with you." She went on to ask Yadav to inform his inmates in jail to chant “gau mata” or mother cow.
‘Didi’, a 39-year-old cancer survivor, had garnered a lot of attention recently after she forced the Jaipu's administration to seal a Muslim-owned hotel for allegedly serving beef.
She is a long time activist and heads the Rashtriya Mahila Gau Raksha Dal — a self styled cow protection group that operates in states of Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.
As a report by Hindustan Times suggests she is unaffected by allegations of being the law unto herself and restoring the violence for her crusade.
The Alwar incident shocked many and it was also heavily debated upon in the Parliament too. Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi went on to say that the Alwar incident never happened, causing large-scale uproar in the Rajya Sabha. Defendents of the cow-vigilantes alleged that Pehlu Khan had no papers to prove that he had acquired the cows legally, however contradictory reports have made light which show that Pehlu Khan was attacked despite producing the legal paperwork for acquiring the cows.
While a mob was seen targeting the cow-carrying farmers, the police arrested only a handful of people.
One can speculate that Sadhvi Kamal 'Didi's' statements in the video makes Yadav look guilty, if the Alwar matter gets a day in court.
Watch the video here:
With inputs from agencies
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Updated Date: Apr 20, 2017 11:47:16 IST