Human life precious than a cow: Swami Agnivesh

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‘Hidden agenda of Centre growing concern to all right-minded’ 

NEW DELHI: Reacting over the Dadri, Himachal and Udhampur incidents which claimed three innocent Muslim lives at the hands of goons, renowned Arya Samaj leader and Indian civil society member Swami Agnivesh Monday said that the ‘hidden agenda’ of the central government is of growing concern to all right-minded citizens.

Members of the Sangh Parivar including Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the VHP’s militant youth wing, the Bajrang Dal have been given a free hand to lynch Muslims in India. It is unfortunate that instead of arresting the killers of Nouman Akhtar the Himachal Police have arrested his wounded friends who accompanied him and they have been booked under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act. A human life is precious than a cow and the deeds of these communal elements force me to call himself an Arya Samaj leader only and not a Hindu,” Agnivesh said. “ RSS and BJP have failed to curb its own activists.”

Swami Agnivesh said that the RSS, BJP, VHP and Bajrang Dal activists have started taking the law of land in their own hands. “These communal elements feel they are free to do anything. In Jammu and Kashmir they have BJP at their back and in Delhi RSS is there to defend them. Cow is in fact sacred to a Hindu but not more sacred to a human life,” he said.

“It is really sorry to state that instead of informing police about the alleged bovine smuggling, these communal elements take law in their own hands and indulge in heinous crimes against the humanity. The killers of Ikhlaaq, Nouman and Zahid Rasool should not be spared at any cost. These killers have not done anything good to their religion instead they have tarnished its image,” he said.

Responding to a question, Swami Agnivesh said that RSS had developed an army of its activists to safeguard its interests and now the same army of men have turned against them and refusing to obey their commands. “RSS has now no control over its men with communal mind setup. These RSS men take pleasure in lynching minorities in India,” he said.

“The recent killings of three Muslims over beef row represent a clear failure on the part of both the central and the state governments to ensure that such communities enjoy the full protection of their constitutional rights to freedom of religion and equal protection under the law. Despite the existence of comprehensive legislation to address the problem of religious intolerance and communal violence, the government has failed to prosecute the offending individuals and organizations; instead, it has, in many cases, offered tacit support and indirect justification for the attacks,” Agnivesh said. 

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