Nagpur: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has decided to issue identity cards to its ‘Gau Rakshaks’ in Maharashtra, a functionary of the outfit, Ajay Nildawar, said at a press conference in Nagpur.
The move by the right-wing organisation comes against the backdrop of a string of attacks on people and vehicles, some of them fatal, by cow vigilantes on allegations of transporting or consuming beef.
These attacks have evoked strong protests all over the country from social activists and members of the civil society, leading to heated debate over the culture of mob violence witnessed in various parts of the country.
“Identity cards will be issued to volunteers who are involved in cow protection activities and their names will also be submitted to the State government,” said Ajay Nildawar, Prant Mantri (regional head) of VHP for Vidarbha region.
Nildawar was replying to a question on violence by cow vigilantes at a press conference in Nagpur. Nildawar said that the decision to issue identity cards to cow protection volunteers was taken following three meetings between VHP leaders and State Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
The step would help distinguish anti-social elements from genuine volunteers involved in cow protection, Nildawar added.