On Friday, the Supreme Court in response to the brutal murder of a man Rajasthan’s Alwar town has issued notices to Rajasthan, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh & Karnataka and sought a detailed reply on a petition regarding cow vigilantism.
Supreme Court also asked the Rajasthan government to respond to the incident of lynching within three weeks. The matter is temporarily deferred till May 3 for further hearing. The apex court notice came days after a 55-year-old Muslim man was lynched in Rajasthan’s Alwar town by a group of Gau Rakshaks.
In response to the incident, Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, on Thursday, said that no such incident, as was reported by the media, took place in reality. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the Vasundhara Raje-led Rajasthan government has denied the news report being cited.
“This is a sensitive issue. A message should not go that we are supporting cow slaughter! Such an incident did not happen on the ground. The state government has denied the report. But let this House not send a message that it supports cow slaughter,” Naqvi had said
Naqvi’s denials worsen the situation in Rajya Sabha. The opposition members rushed to the well of the house demanding action on the culprits and asked Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to apologise for his comments.
Condemning the incident, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter and said, “When government abdicates responsibility and allows lynch mobs to rule, tragedies of immense proportion follow. Shocking breakdown of law and order in Alwar”.