Cow Slaughter Bigger Crime than Rape or Terrorism, Beef Eaters deserve to be Hanged or Lynched: BJP MLA Gyan Dev Ahuja

A Bharatiya Janata Party MLA from Rajasthan Gyan Dev Ahuja while speaking to some local media persons, reiterated his earlier statements made in July this year claiming that slaughtering cows is a bigger crime than terrorism, as cows are treated and respected as “mothers” in India.

Not just that, he went steps ahead this time, claiming that cow slaughter must be treated more seriously than even rape and gang rape or cross-border terrorist acts.

Also Read: Stop Eating Beef or Get Killed, Lynchings To continue if Muslims, Christians Don’t Stop Eating Beef

Ahuja tried to defend those involved in lynching incidents claiming that they (lynching) are crimes of passion and happen on the spur of the moment in a sudden spurt of anger as a devout Hindu cannot tolerate his “mother” being murdered and that too for human consumption as beef.

“We must not blame them (those involved in lynching). Instead those who indulge in illegal trade and sale of cows for slaughter must be blamed and punished,” Ahuja is understood to have told media persons on Wednesday.

Also Read: Beef to be completely banned in Goa, rest of India by 2019?

Repeating his statements about five times during the course of the interaction, Ahuja said:

“Those who kill cows for meat must be hanged and those who involve or get involved in lynching cannot be blamed as cow slaughter is the most heinous crime of all, more evil and unforgivable than rape and gang rape, or terrorist acts.” 

Gyan Dev Ahuja, who represents Ramgarh in Alwar district, had earlier claimed terrorists kill “two to five people”, but slaughtering cows hurts the sentiments of thousands of people and hence cow slaughter is a much bigger crime than terrorism.

Also Read: Those who eat beef should be hung in public, says Sadhvi Saraswati

Speaking to media persons today, he went one steps further and added fuel to his earlier utterances, stating that cow slaughter is a bigger crime than terrorism or rape, as both these crimes though very heinous, affect only a few people, while cow slaughter is a crime against the entire nation.

“I will consider rape and terrorist activity as a lesser evil than killing a cow for food,” Ahuja is reported to have said.

Also Read: VHP and Bajrang Dal set to impose complete beef ban in India

As reported by PTI earlier, Ahuja had claimed “misbehaviour with the mother” will not be tolerated in India and therefore it is a bigger crime than terrorism.

“We treat cows like our mother,” he had said in July, according to a Hindustan Times report. “Cow slaughter should be kept in the category of terrorism and special task force should be made to deal with this issue.”

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Speaking to reporters at the BJP headquarters in Jaipur, the legislator had said cow slaughtering will incite people and hurt their sentiments, which will lead to some incidents.

This is what the BJP MLA had said in July as reported by ANI:

cow-slaughter

“Court should accept this. How should such incidents be stopped?” he said, trying to justify the incidents of lynching and particularly the Alwar incident.

Also Read: Jesus was born in a Cow Shed, so Christians must Stop Eating Beef says RSS leader Indresh Kumar

Ahuja said India is a country, which respects mother and “Geeta, Dharti (land), cow, Ganga, Tulsi and a birth giver” are treated as mother in the country.

Who is Gyan Dev Ahuja?

According to the Indian Express, Ahuja is an MLA from Ramgarh, that lies in Alwar district. Ahuja enjoyed a sudden rush of national fame in 2016 at the height of the controversy over anti-national slogans being shouted in Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University when he claimed that thousands of condoms and liquor bottles were found on the campus daily.

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“There is a controversy over what I said but I stand by my statement. I personally practice a satvik diet and satvik way of life,” Ahuja said at the time.

Ahuja was first elected to the Rajasthan Assembly on a BJP ticket in 1998, then lost in 2003, then was re-elected in 2008 and 2013. Ahuja had also said in the past that he funded cow vigilantes to operate in his area.

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Ahuja who has studied till class 12, says he’s a journalist on his official profile. Ahuja was managing editor of a now-defunct weekly called Mat Sammat.

The BJP MLA had defended the killing of Pehlu Khan, a farmer who died after being beaten by cow vigilantes in Alwar in April 2017.

Also Read: Bible doesn’t say ‘eat beef’, Christians in India stop eating beef or we will have to stop it our way: RSS

In December 2017, a man smuggling bovines was caught and assaulted in Alwar, and Ahuja reiterated that people caught smuggling cows could be killed.

Mera toh seedha seedha kehna hai ki gautaskari aur gaukashi karoge to yu hi maroge (I will only say that if you smuggle and slaughter cows, then you will be killed),” he had said, claims an Indian Express report.

Ahuja had accused the police of conspiring against the lynchers and insisted that two of the three men arrested by the Alwar police for lynching Rakbar Khan are “innocent and should be released immediately,” the Hindustan Times had reported.

with inputs from Hindustan Times, Indian Express & PTI

Jesus Christ, Bible doesn’t say ‘eat beef’, Christians must stop eating beef to stop lynchings or we will have to stop it our way: RSS leader

Delhi, July 26: After RSS leader Indresh Kumar on Monday gave a new twist to the Christmas Story and Biblical accounts of Jesus’ birth, saying Jesus was born in a gaushala or cow shed and hence Christians must stop eating beef, (Read Here) he added some more pearls of wisdom today.

On Thursday, when asked by media persons to clarify on what he meant by his earlier statement – Christ was born in cowshed,  he said  the expression ‘mother cow’ is used in the Bible and even Christianity considers the cow holy and refers to the animal as ‘mother cow’ or holy cow.

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Jesus Christ or the Bible does not ask Christians to eat beef, Kumar said.

“There is no religious compulsion for Christians to eat beef. Why are Christians in India hell bent on eating beef. They can consume poultry or lamb or sea food, he told reporters, adding that Christians in India must respect the sentiments of the majority Hindu community if they want to live in peace.’

He further added on Thursday that if Christians and Muslims did not stop eating beef, they (the RSS) would have to stop it their way.

Also Read: Stop eating beef, give ‘Rashtra Mata’ status to cow demand RSS, BJP leaders

“We have our own way to enforce a complete ban on cow slaughter and ban on beef consumption in India if needed, but we would like to appeal to the people to do it on their own without any threat or coercion, Kumar said.

News agency ANI in a tweet quoted Kumar as saying:

Isaa (Jesus) dharti par gaushala mein aaye, isliye waha mother cow bolte hain. Mecca Madina mein gaye ka vadh apradh maante hain. Kya hum sankalp nahi kar sakte ki dhara,manavta ko is paap se muqt karaein.Agar muqt ho jaaye to aapki samasya(mob lynching) ka hal ho jaayega: I Kumar

The mainline media while prominently reporting the leader’s speech forgot the gaffe made by Kumar, possibly due to ignorance on the subject. Here is a print screen of the ANI tweet:

ani-indresh-kumar-cowshed

Kumar also emphasized on the role of ‘sanskar’ (values) in dealing such problems. He said, “Law has to be there and the government must act, but society also needs the right ‘sanskar’ to deal with this problem.”

Also Read: Beef to be completely banned in Goa, rest of India by 2019?

Kumar in his conversation with reporters on Monday also claimed that the phrase ‘Holy Cow’ stems from the fact that Jesus was born in a cowshed and hence according to the Bible cows are holy and must not be slaughtered.

The phrase ‘Holy Cow’ has nothing to do with Jesus’ birth or the Bible and probably originated somewhere in the early 19th century, possibly during the British rule in India, where some Britons started using the phrase to refer to cow-worship in India.

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Biblical accounts state that Jesus was born in a stable and laid in a manger, as there was no place in the inn. The Biblical stable where Jesus was born is definitely NOT  a cowshed and is basically where horses and mules were allowed to rest, while their owners rested for the night before continuing their journey onward the next morning.

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According to a Christian website, Mary and Joseph came into town with Mary ready to deliver. Arriving at Joseph’s ancestral home town, they found it already full of other family members or relatives and cousins who had arrived earlier.

This possibly explains the “no room in the inn,” phrase.

Also Read: Those who eat beef should be hung in public, says Sadhvi Saraswati

While the exact reason space was not made for a pregnant woman is unknown, it probably indicates the house and inn was full of elder members of Joseph’s family, who were given priority or possibly Mary and Joseph were way too late and others who had occupied the rooms in town were already fast asleep.

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So that is when Mary and Joseph went to a barn or stable. The Biblical account mentions neither barn nor cave — it is assumed because of the manger. Mangers are animal feeding troughs, and barns are where one would expect to find them.

Different types of domesticated animals were in the barn where Mary and Joseph rested for the night. However, it was definitely not a cow shed.

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In the ancient world, as well as in primitive modern cultures, mangers are also found within the house itself. Animals are regularly kept in homes at night.

Larger animals like horses and mules are kept in a shed adjacent to the house.

Also Read: Stop eating Pork & Beef, embrace Hindutva or else leave India

According to the Indian Express, Kumar said crimes like mob lynching could stop if people stopped eating beef. He also emphasized on the role of ‘sanskar’ (values) for dealing with such problems.

“Mob lynching can’t be welcomed…if the practice of eating cow meat is stopped, many such crimes of the ‘Satan’ could be stopped,” he said.

Also Read: Beef-eating countries treat their cows and cattle better than India, assert Goa MLAs

In the Alwar lynching case, the Rajasthan Police admitted that there was a delay in transporting the victim to a community health centre which was just 10 minutes away from the incident site.

The victim’s family has also alleged that the police further beat up the brutally injured victim at the police station, before finally taking him to the hospital.

Also Read: People who eat beef as ‘status symbol’ should be hanged: Sadhvi Saraswati

Police said that a high-level committee has been set up to probe why this delay happened.

According to media reports, the victim identified Akbar Khan was first taken to the police station where officials had changed his clothes and stopped for a tea break before taking him to the community where he was declared brought dead.

Also Read: Jesus was born in a Cow Shed, so Christians must Stop Eating Beef says RSS leader

Another account says he was taken to a house of a nearby resident, where he was given a bath and washed up.

The FIR, however, says that Khan was directly taken to the community centre, which was incorrect, subsequent inquiry has revealed.

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Kumar’s comments came days after a man was lynched on suspicion of cow smuggling in Rajasthan’s Alwar district.

“…it is true that not a single religion in the world approves killing of cows, he stressed.

Be it Christianity, which talks of ‘Holy Cow’, because Jesus was born in a cowshed; or Islam, where killing cows is banned in Mecca and Madina (cities in western Saudi Arabia); or any other religion, killing a cow is not approved anywhere,” he said, reports the Indian Express.

“Law has to be there and the government must act, but society also needs the right ‘sanskar’ to deal with this problem,” he said.

Also Read: Stop Eating Beef or Get Killed, Lynchings To continue if Muslims, Christians Don’t Stop Eating Beef

Addressing a press meet in a hotel after inauguration of the office of the Jharkhand unit of Hindu Jagran Manch in Ranchi, Kumar told the media that many Muslim parties associated with the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case, have already agreed to give up the demand for a mosque at Ayodhya, which was “Ram Janmasthan (birthplace of Lord Ram)”.

He also claimed that calling Hindus communal is fraught with the risk of labeling all religions in the world as communal.

Stop Eating Beef or Get Killed, Lynchings To Continue if Muslims, Christians Don’t Stop Eating Beef, Minister Giriraj Singh Endorses Views of RSS Indresh Kumar

July 25 18: BJP leader and Union minister Giriraj Singh endorsed the views of RSS leader Indresh Kumar on the Alwar lynching. Singh said that Kumar is a “mature” man and said whatever he did “after proper thought”, reports news agency ANI.

Also Read: Beef issue: Goans must understand they live in Hindustan and not Portugal

Singh also endorsed Kumar’s suggestion that the only solution to stop lynchings and killing in the name of ‘gau-mata‘ is to completely stop the consumption of beef in the country.

Also Read: VHP and Bajrang Dal set to impose complete beef ban in India

It is a natural impulsive reaction of a certain section of people who worship ‘gau-mata‘ and it happens on the spur of the moment when they see ‘gau-mata‘ being slaughtered for food.

“These statements are a direct endorsement of  the Government’s support and encouragement to lynchings and public incitement of violent mobs by none less than a Union Minister in the Central Government headed by Narendra Modi. If Modi cannot control his Union Ministers, how will he control an incited, murderous mob,” asked a Congress leader.

 

There has been no comment till the time of going to press, from the Prime Minister or any senior BJP minister on the statements made by their colleague.

Also Read: All Kind of Beef must be Banned: Muslims, Christians must stop eating Beef or leave India

He also endorsed Kumar’s statements that lynchings will continue in India, unless Muslims, Christians and other sections of people completely stop eating beef and the Government cannot be held responsible for it. As long as beef is consumed and cows are slaughtered, lynchings will continue, Singh said.

Also Read: Stop eating beef, give ‘Rashtra Mata’ status to cow demand RSS, BJP leaders

“He (RSS leader Indresh Kumar) is a mature man and must have said something after proper thought,” news agency ANI quoted Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Giriraj Singh.

In an apparent reference to the incidents of mob lynching, RSS leader Indresh Kumar said if the practice of eating cow meat was stopped, many crimes of the ‘Satan’ could be curtailed.

Also Read: Jesus was born in a Cow Shed, so Christians must Stop Eating Beef says RSS leader Indresh Kumar

Twenty-nine-year-old Rakbar Khan was lynched in Alwar on July 21 by a mob of cow protectors who accused him of smuggling cows.

RSS leader Indresh Kumar on Monday said crimes like mob lynching could stop if people stopped eating beef. He also claimed that calling Hindus communal is fraught with the risk of labelling all religions in the world as communal.

Also Read: Beef to be completely banned in Goa, rest of India by 2019?

“Lynchings will stop if people don’t eat beef. The cows must be protected and cowdung should be used as cement, then both poverty and violence will end… Jesus was born in a cowshed and that is why in Christianity they talk of ‘Holy cow’. In Mecca and Medina killing cow is a crime. Can we not pledge not to kill cows. If we can pledge this our problem of mob lynching will be solved,” said Indresh at the inauguration of Jagran Hindu Manch in Ranchi.

The leader also emphasised on the importance of right “sanskaar” to deal with this problem.

Also Read: Those who eat beef should be hung in public, says Sadhvi Saraswati

“Law has to be there and the government must act, but society also needs the right ‘sanskaar’ to deal with this problem,” he said.

The leader did say that violence in any form can never be welcomed.

“Any mob violence, be it of your home, locality, caste or party can never be welcomed. But, you tell me if any religious place in the world approves the killing of cow,” said Indresh.

Also Read: Stop eating Pork & Beef, embrace Hindutva or else leave India

Last week, a dairy farmer, Rakbar Khan from Haryana’s Mewat district, was lynched by a group of seven persons in Alwar when he was transporting two cows and their calves.

On July 17, the Supreme Court condemned the recent spate of lynchings as “horrendous acts of mobocracy” and told Parliament to make lynching a separate offence.

with inputs from ANI & CNN News18

Beef to be completely banned in Goa, rest of India by 2019, master action plan by RSS, VHP, Bajrang Dal and Durga Vahini in the making

BY JOSEPHINE DIAS | PANAJI | 4 JULY 2018: Several extreme rightist groups including the RSS, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Bajrang Dal (BD) and the Durga Vahini (DV), besides others, are preparing a master plan and national strategy to completely ban the transportation and sale of all forms of beef in Goa and other states of India where it is still available.

Also Read: Beef issue: Goans must understand they live in Hindustan and not Portugal

Senior VHP functionary Radha Krishna Manori has been very vocal in the past about the intention of the VHP to totally ban the transportation and sale of beef across the country using one method or the other, including the use of brute force, threats and physical attacks on transporters.

Also Read: Stop Eating Beef or Get Killed, Lynchings To continue if Muslims, Christians Don’t Stop Eating Beef

This strategy is being used on a test basis in the State of Goa,  where beef transporters have been harassed by VHP and Bajrang Dal members masquerading as animal activists. If successful it will be implemented nationwide. Congress legislator Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco recently called a press conference to publicly highlight the daily harassment (Read Here) meted out to beef transporters and traders in Goa.

IndiaScoops.com has learnt, a national master plan is being prepared and an interstate core group consisting of senior members drawn from all the above right-wing groups is working on a mega strategy for “Beef Mukt Bharat“, say sources familiar with the happenings within these groups.

Also Read: Beef to be completely banned in Goa, rest of India by 2019?

IndiaScoops.com has learnt that one of their many strategies is to use loopholes in transportation laws and RTO regulations covering transport of raw meat from one state to the other. Another method is to use Animal Protection laws and animal rights’ activists for the purpose claiming that the animals are subjected to great torture during transportation. Many RSS, VHP, Bajrang Dal and Durga Vahini members across India are registering their own new NGOs as Animal Rights or Prevention of Cruelty to Animals groups in each State to take on the beef transportation network. These organisations have planned to have at least 8-10 registered Protection of Cruelty to Animals NGOs in each State under their wing by 2019, solely dedicated to stop transportation of beef from  one place to the other.

Also Read: Those who eat beef should be hung in public, says Sadhvi Saraswati

These NGOs will also raise funds from the public by organising awareness camps, seminars, etc., under the guise of discussing  Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, to fund their anti-beef efforts.

Another strategy is to use health and hygiene laws at the slaughter houses to make it almost impossible for traders to slaughter bovines for food.

Also Read: VHP and Bajrang Dal set to impose complete beef ban in India

The overall idea of the RSS, VHP, BD and DV is to make cattle procurement and transportation so expensive and difficult, that beef will no longer enjoy the price advantage it does over poultry, pork, mutton or lamb meat and traders will totally give up dealing in beef and shift to other comparatively hassle-free businesses like poultry.

Also Read: Stop eating Pork & Beef, embrace Hindutva or else leave India

Besides, IndiaScoops.com has learnt the RSS and VHP plan to use “beef” as one of the election strategies for 2019, trying to brainwash Hindu masses into believing that all species of cattle or bovines are ultimately related biologically to the cow or gaumata due to interbreeding over the centuries and hence the slaughter of all bovine cattle must be banned. The NGOs above-mentioned will also be tasked with this job, sources told IndiaScoops.com.

As reported earlier, the VHP has claimed that it will impose a total ban on the transportation and consumption of beef in Goa by 2019, without the government’s help.

Also Read: Jesus was born in a Cow Shed, so Christians must Stop Eating Beef says RSS leader Indresh Kumar

Senior VHP functionary Radha Krishna Manori, said his organisation will not hesitate to use maximum force to impose a beef ban in Goa with the help of the Bajrang Dal and Durga Vahini activists by 2019. “We will use all the physical force required, including the law to ensure  a total beef ban in Goa,” Manori was quoted saying to the media last year.

Also Read: All Kind of Beef must be Banned: Muslims, Christians must stop eating Beef or leave India

“Like elsewhere in the country, in Goa, too, we are awakening people against cow slaughter and eating beef. You will have to wait for another one year and our Bajrang Dal and Durga Vahini workers will stop cow slaughter in the state,” he told reporters in Vasco last year (2017). Manori was referring to the NGO groups being set up across Goa.

The VHP aided by the Durga Vahini and the Bajrang Dal has plans to completely disrupt the transportation of beef to Goa by 2019, by using Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and other similar Animal Protection Acts, with the tacit support of the government machinery.

Also Read: RSS-backed cow vigilante groups creating beef shortage, Goa Congress leader Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco demands police protection for transporters

“The VHP will not require the help of any government to stop cow slaughter or beef eating, as our wings — Bajrang Dal and Durga Vahini — are capable enough to do it,” Manori told media persons in 2017.

“VHP is stopping cow slaughter through Bajrang Dal and Durga Vahini. We are not demanding anything from the government,” he added.

Also Read: BJP government failed beef eaters: Goa Dy Speaker Michael Lobo pulls up his own Government

“VHP is strong enough to get done the things which it wants. Why won’t it (cow slaughter) stop? It has to stop,” he commented referring to the beef ban.

“We will do what Hindu society wants. We will not allow cow slaughter or allow anyone to eat beef in Goa,” he added.

Also Read: Goans must stop eating beef and understand they live in Hindustan not Portugal

In Goa, Congress legislator Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco on Saturday demanded police protection for beef importers, who have once again complained that cow vigilantes were stopping consignments of slaughtered beef from being brought into the state from neighbouring Karnataka.

“Even legally those who are legally importing beef, they are being harassed by cow vigilante groups and the government is promoting them,” Reginaldo told a press conference here, amid a fresh spate of beef shortage in the state, where nearly one third of the 1.5 million population belong to beef-eating minority communities.

“All Hindus, Catholics, Muslims eat what they want. Why are such differences being created now? The beef shortage is being created by cow vigilante groups in Goa, who are backed by RSS elements,” the Congress leader said.

Also Read: Vigilantism leads to severe Beef shortage in international tourism destination Goa

Anwar Bepari, president of the All Goa Qureshi Meat Traders association on Friday had said cow-vigilantes were forcefully stopping beef consignments from being brought in the coastal state, giving rise of shortage of the red meat in Goa’s markets.

“The cow protection groups are taking law in their hands and stopping our legally imported consignments. They have also beaten up some drivers, who are now scared to drive the trucks carrying slaughtered beef into Goa,” Bepari told IANS.

In January, beef traders in Goa went on strike alleging harassment by cow vigilante groups.

Also Read: People who eat beef should be hanged: Sadhvi Saraswati

The strike was called off after an assurance from the Chief Minister, who directed the police to crackdown on ow vigilantes.

Goa on an average consumes around 20-25 tons of beef every day, according to Bepari.

According to a report in The Wire, in the last 8-10 months, “animal activists” with links to the AWBI have gone on overdrive in Goa, specifically targeting the beef trade, the import of which is almost entirely handled by the Quraishi community.

Also Read: Lynching a Non-Issue, Too much Fuss being Created, Unnecessary Importance, Media Publicity Given to Lynching Incidents: Yogi Adityanath

Tired of the persistent harassment from vigilantism – in one instance “activists” threw phenyl on the meat, destroying 2,500 kg in a go – beef traders went on strike in Goa on January 6 and resumed business only after assurances of police protection from the state government.

The four-day shutdown cost the traders nearly Rs 1.4 crore in losses, the Quraishi Meat Traders Association of Goa president Manna Bepari told The Wire.

Also Read: Stop eating beef, give ‘Rashtra Mata’ status to cow; demand RSS, BJP leaders

Crushing the beef trade between Karnataka and Goa appears to rate high on the AWBI’s calendar of activities currently. A day after beef imports began to trickle in again, a dozen AWBI volunteers, registered as honorary animal welfare officers, were flown into Goa (from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kochi, Hyderabad, they said). At a press conference, they alleged that the state was turning into a “hotbed for operations of the cattle mafia, illegal animal trafficking and unauthorised slaughterhouses. Laws are flouted and public health is jeopardised. Millions in black money is generated in the process. This money goes to fund terrorist outfits. Goa is under threat of becoming another Kashmir.”

Also Read: Union Minister Giriraj Singh endorses RSS leader Indresh Kumar’s  “stop beef eating to stop lynching”  remark

Though a third of its population and the tourism industry buy beef, Goa does not rear cattle for slaughter. It is entirely dependent on Karnataka for the daily 30,000 kg supply – 25,000 kg of which is brought across the border by road by the Quraishi association currently. Around 600 Muslim families living in Goa are dependent on the trade, says Bepari who wants the government to reopen the Goa Meat Complex to facilitate the trade, reports The Wire.

With inputs from IANS, The Wire, Scroll.in and Agencies

VHP, Bajrang Dal and Durga Vahini to impose complete ban on beef transportation and consumption in Goa by 2019

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has claimed that it will impose a total ban on the transportation and consumption of beef in Goa by 2019, without the government’s help.

A senior VHP functionary Radha Krishna Manori, said the organisation will impose the ban in the state with the help of the Bajrang Dal and the Durga Vahini activists by 2019.

Also Read: Beef to be completely banned in Goa, rest of India by 2019

“Like elsewhere in the country, in Goa, too, we are awakening people against cow slaughter and eating beef. You will have to wait for another one year and our Bajrang Dal and Durga Vahini workers will stop cow slaughter in the state,” he told reporters in Vasco last year (2017).

The VHP aided by the Durga Vahini and the Bajrang Dal has plans to completely disrupt the transportation of beef to Goa by 2019, by using Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and other similar Animal Protection Acts, with the tacit support of the government machinery.

Also Read: RSS-backed cow vigilante groups creating beef shortage, Goa Congress leader Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco demands police protection for transporters

“The VHP will not require the help of any government to stop cow slaughter or beef eating, as our wings — Bajrang Dal and Durga Vahini — are capable enough to do it,” Manori told media persons in 2017.

“VHP is stopping cow slaughter through Bajrang Dal and Durga Vahini. We are not demanding anything from the government,” he added.

“VHP is strong enough to get done the things which it wants. Why won’t it (cow slaughter) stop? It has to stop,” he commented referring to the beef ban.

“We will do what Hindu society wants. We will not allow cow slaughter or allow anyone to eat beef in Goa,” he added.

Also Read: Goans must stop eating beef and understand they live in Hindustan not Portugal

In Goa, Congress legislator Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco on Saturday demanded police protection for beef importers, who have once again complained that cow vigilantes were stopping consignments of slaughtered beef from being brought into the state from neighbouring Karnataka.

“Even legally those who are legally importing beef, they are being harassed by cow vigilante groups and the government is promoting them,” Reginaldo told a press conference here, amid a fresh spate of beef shortage in the state, where nearly one third of the 1.5 million population belong to beef-eating minority communities.

“All Hindus, Catholics, Muslims eat what they want. Why are such differences being created now? The beef shortage is being created by cow vigilante groups in Goa, who are backed by RSS elements,” the Congress leader said.

Also Read: Vigilantism leads to severe Beef shortage in international tourism destination Goa

Anwar Bepari, president of the All Goa Qureshi Meat Traders association on Friday had said cow-vigilantes were forcefully stopping beef consignments from being brought in the coastal state, giving rise of shortage of the red meat in Goa’s markets.

“The cow protection groups are taking law in their hands and stopping our legally imported consignments. They have also beaten up some drivers, who are now scared to drive the trucks carrying slaughtered beef into Goa,” Bepari told IANS.

In January, beef traders in Goa went on strike alleging harassment by cow vigilante groups.

Also Read: People who eat beef should be hanged: Sadhvi Saraswati

The strike was called off after an assurance from the Chief Minister, who directed the police to crackdown on ow vigilantes.

Goa on an average consumes around 20-25 tons of beef every day, according to Bepari.

According to a report in The Wire, in the last 8-10 months, “animal activists” with links to the AWBI have gone on overdrive in Goa, specifically targeting the beef trade, the import of which is almost entirely handled by the Quraishi community. Tired of the persistent harassment from vigilantism – in one instance “activists” threw phenyl on the meat, destroying 2,500 kg in a go – beef traders went on strike in Goa on January 6 and resumed business only after assurances of police protection from the state government. The four-day shutdown cost the traders nearly Rs 1.4 crore in losses, the Quraishi Meat Traders Association of Goa president Manna Bepari told The Wire.

Also Read: Stop eating Pork & Beef, embrace Hindutva or else leave India

Crushing the beef trade between Karnataka and Goa appears to rate high on the AWBI’s calendar of activities currently. A day after beef imports began to trickle in again, a dozen AWBI volunteers, registered as honorary animal welfare officers, were flown into Goa (from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kochi, Hyderabad, they said). At a press conference, they alleged that the state was turning into a “hotbed for operations of the cattle mafia, illegal animal trafficking and unauthorised slaughterhouses. Laws are flouted and public health is jeopardised. Millions in black money is generated in the process. This money goes to fund terrorist outfits. Goa is under threat of becoming another Kashmir.”

Though a third of its population and the tourism industry buy beef, Goa does not rear cattle for slaughter. It is entirely dependent on Karnataka for the daily 30,000 kg supply – 25,000 kg of which is brought across the border by road by the Quraishi association currently. Around 600 Muslim families living in Goa are dependent on the trade, says Bepari who wants the government to reopen the Goa Meat Complex to facilitate the trade, reports The Wire.

Source: IANS, The Wire, Scroll.in and Agencies

Vigilantism leads to severe Beef shortage in international tourism destination Goa: Traders claim they have all permits, but are still harassed

PANAJI: Markets across Goa have seen a beef shortage over the past few days with traders citing harassment by cow vigilantes. Traders alleged that recently, a vehicle carrying beef from Belagavi to Goa was forcibly stopped and damaged despite having all permissions, reports the Times of India.

“The vigilantes blocked the vehicle while it was headed for Goa and damaged it,” president All-Goa Qureshi Meat Traders Association, Manna Bepari, told TOI. “We called the police, who, on arriving, verified our documents and let us go.” He said that the state government should take strict action against such harassment.

“We possess all necessary permits, and despite that, our vehicle was stopped and attacked and the driver was threatened,” Bepari said. “We require protection because vigilantes are taking law into their own hands and creating obstacles in our trade. The drivers now fear for their lives,” says the TOI report.

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In Goa, there has been no slaughter of bovines since October 2017, and the beef currently on sale in Goa is brought from Belagavi.

Traders said that this vigilantism has caused a beef shortage in Goa over the past five days. Goa usually consumes an average of 20-25 tonnes of beef per day, but owing to the suspension of slaughter, traders have been importing less than 10 tonnes a day. After the recent attack by cow vigilantes, Goa sees only 1-2 tonnes available in the markets.

Reacting to these incidents, an animal husbandry official said, “The traders must post slaughter details that indicates the source of the meat and whether or not it has been slaughtered in a legal slaughterhouse. While transporting the meat, they must abide by certain rules. The police will check these details on the way.”

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According to an IndiaScoops.com survey, beef prices have gone up in various parts of Goa and in some parts of the coastal state, it has completely gone off the shelves. Traders claim there is a 70 per cent shortage of beef in the state currently and due to the heavy rains and vigilantism, transporters are unwilling to transport beef from neighboring places.

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad has claimed time and again that it is capable of imposing a total ban on consumption of beef in Goa in the next couple of years, without the government’s help. A senior VHP functionary Radha Krishna Manori, had claimed the organisation will impose the ban in the state with the help of the Bajrang Dal and the Durga Vahini activists, says an earlier report in The Indian Express.

“Like elsewhere in the country, in Goa, too, we are awakening people against the cow slaughter and eating beef. You will have to wait for another one or two years and our Bajrang Dal and Durga Vahini workers will stop cow slaughter in the state,” he told reporters in Vasco town.

Goa’s tryst with gau rakshak—cow-protection—groups began at least half a decade before they became active on the national landscape, claims a report in Caravan Magazine. With Christians comprising 25 percent of the state’s population and Muslims about eight percent, Goa’s food politics have provided adequate opportunity for saffron groups to test their mettle. For instance, at the sixth edition of the All India Hindu Convention that was held in the state in June 2017, the groups present passed resolutions seeking the establishment of a Hindu nation and a nationwide ban on cow slaughter. Sadhvi Saraswati, one of the speakers at the event, likened the consumption of beef to “eating one’s own mother,” and called for public hangings of those who eat beef.

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In 1995, the state tightened the regulations on cattle slaughter through the Goa Animal Preservation Act. Under it, all bovine animals—which includes bulls, bullocks, male calves, male and female buffaloes and buffalo calves—could only be slaughtered if they were certified as unlikely to become economical for agricultural, breeding or milking purposes. The act stipulated that the slaughter of bovine animals could only be conducted at a place specified by the government, effectively banning all existing slaughterhouses in markets. The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Slaughter House) Rules, which the central government notified in 2001, imposed additional conditions on cow slaughter. These included a ban on slaughter of animals that were either pregnant; or less than three months old; or had an offspring that was less than three months old; or if the animal had not been certified as fit for slaughter by a veterinary doctor.

A former high-ranking official of the state’s animal husbandry department, who requested not to be identified, told Caravan Magazine that the complex charges around Rs 400 for a slaughter. He added that it imposes additional charges for carving and cold storage besides stringent ante and post-mortem checks for cysts, infections and diseases—all of which increased the number of rejected cattle as well as the costs for both meat traders and consumers.

According to the official, private slaughterhouses in the state and the ones in Karnataka did not impose these additional charges. Over the past decade, the animal welfare and cow protection groups have managed to get authorities to implement the laws and shut down all other illegal slaughter venues. The complex became, and continues to be, the sole legal and licensed slaughterhouse in the state.

Source: Times of India / Caravan Magazine