One of the 1st decisions which the Yogi government took after coming to power in Uttar Pradesh was, ordering the closure of all illegal slaughterhouses operating in the state and putting a ban on cow smuggling. This had led to the perception that the protection of cows was one of the priorities of the Yogi government.
CM Yogi now again seems to have asserted this stance of his government while addressing the Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s Gauraksha Vibhag (cow protection wing) on Sunday.
As per the report, CM Yogi refuted allegations that Uttar Pradesh is the largest cow meat exporter by calling them absolutely wrong and incorrect. He claimed that not even a single iota of cow meat can be exported from the state. He also stressed that no one can have the audacity to export such meat, as it is banned in the state.
He also made a statement that apart from killing cows, if someone even indulges in cruelty towards the cows he would find himself in jail.
He announced cow welfare schemes like opening a ‘gaushala’ (cow shed) in all 75 districts of the state which would be operated by the local societies without the involvement of the state. Such an act is considered to be a boon in those regions where people have been known to abandon their cows after they stop milching or during times of water scarcity.
As per Yogi, grazing ground too would be made available which had otherwise been illegally encroached. A special anti-land grabbing cell had been setup for this purpose which has successfully vacated about 43,000 hectares of land.
As reported by us time and again, cow smuggling poses a grave threat to India’s internal security.
Recently a Bengaluru techie was brutally attacked by a mob for simply reporting an act of illegal cow slaughter happening in the city. A few months back an incident of cow smugglers brutally attacking tourists and molesting women had come to light. This was a result of these tourists having dared to oppose the cow smugglers’ actions.
These cow smugglers haven’t even spared India’s security personnel. In October, a BSF official who had been attacked by cow smugglers along the Tripura-Bangladesh border had succumbed to his injuries. In June as well, a BSF Jawan was brutally attacked by cow smugglers along Meghalaya’s border with Bangladesh.