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Gau Raksha Dal chief booked in Punjab

Launching a crackdown on pseudo cow vigilantes, the Patiala Police on Monday filed an FIR against 'Gau Raksha Dal' chief Satish Kumar in connection with a social media video showing organisation members brutally beating people in the name of cow protection.

Kumar is yet to be arrested.

The action seems to have been inspired by the comments of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, made a day ago, when he strongly rebuked cow vigilantes, saying most of them are 'anti-social' elements who are running 'shops' in the name of cow protection.

Speaking up for the first time on the violence against Dalits by cow vigilantes, Prime Minister Modi also asked the state governments to prepare dossiers on the so-called cow protectors saying 80 percent of them do illegal activities at night and become cow protectors in the day.

"The people, who are troubled by the unity of the society, are in the name of 'gau rakshaks' attempting to create friction the society. I urge my fellow countrymen to be aware of such 'gau rakshaks'," the PM said.

PM Modi was addressing the Town Hall meeting organised at Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex in capital New Delhi to mark the second anniversary of MyGov(dot) on Saturday when he broke his silence, taking strong exception to atrocities on Dalits in Gujarat's Una in the name of cow protection.

He said, "I am very much angry on those who have opened their occupation in the name of 'Gau Raksha' (cow protection). There are many 'Gau Rakshaks' (cow protectors). They protect cows to hide their illegal occupations. Cows mostly die of eating plastic bags and these gau rakshaks should urge people not to throw plastics on the roads. This will be a big sewa."

While many are hailing the PM's comments, there is also criticism as his comments are seen not as his sincere feelings but an attempt to appease dalits who will play a big role in the formation of government in UP after the elections next year.