Agartala: Hundreds of Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) activists on Sunday took out a rally in in Joynagar, a village in West Tripura which shares border with Bangladesh demanding a ban on cow slaughter and demanding from the minorities to prove that they are Indians.
Shouting provocative slogans the Hindu extremists warned the minorities to stop “cow slaughter” or face consequences. As reported by News18, the 600-strong crowd, led by VHP’s organizational secretary Amal Chakraborty, marched to Joynagar and also asked minority community members to show their Aadhaar cards and prove their nationality.
“It was during the CPI-M rule that cow slaughter was encouraged here. This is a Hindu locality and we won’t let them threaten our people or harm our ‘gau mata’. These people don’t even have Aadhaar cards. And if they continue illegal slaughter, we will be forced to take action,” Chakraborty said.
The protest was withdrawn after the police intervened, but no complaint was lodged. Soon after, a group of minority community people gathered in front of local BJP MLA, Surajit Datta’s residence in Ramnagar and raised the matter of protest by the VHP men. Datta promised to look into the issue and sent them away, according to Hindustan Times.
Interestingly, after BJP formed the government in Tripura last month, the party’s state in-charge, Sunil Deodhar had said that his government would not implement ban on beef consumption as a large percentage of north-eastern people consume beef regularly.
"Here (in Tripura) there are lots of Christians and Muslims, there are also some Hindus who consume beef. I believe that there shouldn't be a ban on it”, Deodhar had said.
The stir by VHP, Bajrang Dal and other right wing Hindu parties in the name of cow slaughter had created law and order problems in other parts of India. Recently, a number of Muslim farmers and cattle traders were lynched on the suspicions that they were involved in “cow slaughter.”
Alarmed by the rising attacks on Dalits and Muslims in the name of cow slaughter, the Supreme Court of India had issued notices to the central and state governments to rein in the “non-state actors” and stop them from disturbing peace.
Interestingly, the protests over beef ban by VHP and Bajrang Dal are limited only to the areas where Muslims are in sizeable numbers. Otherwise right wing leaders have repeatedly assured regular beef supplies in the states like Goa, Kerala and other Northeast states.
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