09 August, 2016
The Gau Raksha Dal's decision to write the letter has come a day after PM Modi issued a strong statement against cow vigilantism and alleged that he felt enraged at such "anti-social elements" who indulged in crimes by the night and masqueraded as cow protectors by the day. About 30 to 40 soap factories have reportedly closed down because of harassment by groups like the Gau Raksha Dal, which alleges that cow fat is used to make oil-based soaps. They are: Annu and Gurpreet alias Happy, according to police. Gurmeet Chauhan confirmed the news to ANI. In a video, the Gau Raksha Dal members were seen thrashing people in the name of cow protection. "I don't mind if someone calls me a goon for saving the cow".
It asked people not to link such "condemnable efforts" of "a few opportunists" with those truly serving and protecting cows. In his remarks, PM Modhi stated that "I feel infuriated at some people who have opened shops in the name of cow protection". Modi accused the cow vigilantes of trying to create tension in the society and said they should be exposed and punished.
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An FIR was lodged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC); however, Kumar is yet to be arrested. Kumar has been booked, along with several others, for appearing in a video circulated on social media.
Report also said that the organisation is known for posting videos online of its vigilante-style attacks on trucks 'carrying cattle for slaughter'.