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Guj, Raj govts shying away from acting against cow vigilantes:

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

chief Sachin Pilot today accused the BJP-led governments in his state and of shying away from their responsibility to take action against cow vigilantes and said such elements were now terrorising the people.

Speaking about a recent incident in Alwar district of Rajasthan, where a man was shot dead allegedly by cow vigilantes, Pilot claimed that Vasundhara Raje, the chief minister of the state, was in that district when the incident took place.

"Such incidents (involving cow vigilantes) are surfacing on a regular basis, be it in or These incidents are condemnable and I believe that those in the are shying away from their responsibility," he told mediapersons on his arrival at the airport here today.

"The entire country is talking about how gau-rakshaks (cow vigilantes) are terrorising people. In Rajasthan, crimes such as murder, abduction, rape and robbery have become routine affairs. These crimes are happening right under the nose of the The chief minister was in that district when the firing incident took place," Pilot said.

He was responding to a query about the alleged killing of Umar Khan (35) in the Ramgarh area of Alwar district recently.

Khan's body was found near the railway tracks in Ramgarh on November 11, with his family members and activists alleging that he was shot dead by cow vigilantes while he was ferrying cattle in a vehicle the day before.

"No one is allowed to take law into their hands. What is the use of the police or courts if some elements, who claim to be the protectors of law, kill people saying they are doing justice," he said.

The former Union minister also lashed out at the in Rajasthan over the controversy surrounding upcoming Bollywood film "Padmavati", saying it should have intervened earlier to resolve the issue.

"If a person or a community or a class has any problem, we should intervene at an appropriate time to find a solution. But, since the state government did not intervene earlier, the issue has reached this stage," he added.

"I have seen that such conflicts always help the I firmly believe that the Rajasthan government should have made efforts to find a solution by intervening in the matter earlier," Pilot said.

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First Published: Wed, November 15 2017. 18:22 IST