Lynching won’t stop unless cow gets status of ‘Rashtra Mata’: Telangana BJP MLA

Vastavam web: Incidents of lynching will not stop till the time cow gets the status of “Rashtra Mata”, a BJP MLA from Telangana has said, amid the outrage over the killing of a Muslim man over suspicion of being a cow smuggler in Rajasthan’s Alwar. T Raja Singh Lodh, the BJP MLA from Goshamahal here, said in a video message on a social networking website on Sunday he does not want “khoon-kharaba” (bloodletting) on the issue, but if it has to stop, cow must be declared the Mother of the Nation. “Till cow is not accorded the status of ‘Rashtra Mata’, I feel the war for ‘gau raksha’ (cow protection) will not stop even if ‘gau rakshaks’ (cow protectors) are put into jails or bullets are fired at them,” Singh said.

He also sought Prime Mininister Narendra Modi’s support for the demand. “Till the time a ministry of cow protection is created in every state and stringent laws are enacted for cow protection, I feel such killings will not stop this is my feeling and I am telling the fact,” Singh, known for making controversial remarks, said. “Recently, a man named Rakbar alias Akbar Khan, a cow smuggler was killed. The media reported some cases of cow smuggling were pending against him,” he said, claiming many cow protection activists were killed by cattle smugglers but such incidents were ignored by media.

However, when a cow smuggler is killed the electronic media rakes up the issue, which is also raised in Parliament, he said. Singh also took to Twitter where he claimed a Hindu man was lynched in Rajasthan the same day as Khan over his love affair with a Muslim girl. Rakbar and his friend Aslam were accosted by alleged cow vigilantes in Alwar’s Ramgarh on Saturday. Aslam managed to flee, but Rakbar was brutally assaulted. He later died from injuries received during the attack. The Ghoshamahal MLA has often found himself on the wrong side of the law because of his remarks.