Mangaluru: VHP’s Prant Gorakshak Pramukh, Kateel Dinesh Pai held a press meet at the office premises, Kodialbail here on September 9.
Addressing the mediapersons, Dinesh Pai said that illegal cow slaughter and trafficking is rampant in the district. “We have continuously informed the police about illegal cow slaughtering activities but no action has been taken against those who are actively involved in these acts. Earlier, when our activists informed the police, they used to take interest to nab the culprits but after Home Minister K J George came to Mangaluru and met the police officers, they have stopped responding to our calls. The police are under pressure of the Home Minister and hesitant to raid illegal cow slaughter houses. The police and the government are indirectly supporting cow slaughter and the VHP strongly condemns this,” he said.
He further said that if illegal slaughter and trafficking of cows will not be stopped by the authorities, the members of VHP will stop it “at any cost”. “We are ready to sacrifice our lives to safeguard cows. The government and the district administration is directly responsible for any consequences in this regard.”
Recalling the attacks on churches, Dinesh said that when the hands of a wooden statue were broken, VHP youth were arrested and kept behind bars for a year. But in Karkala, the legs of 5 cows were chopped and loaded in a Maruti car and no one was punished. “When churches were attacked under section 295A, our youth were arrested.” Section 295A indicates any deliberate and malicious act, intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs. Whoever, with deliberate and malicious intention of outraging the religious feelings of any class of citizens of India, by words, either spoken or written, or by signs or by visible representations or otherwise, insults or attempts to insult the religion or the religious beliefs of that class, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both. “But when the people played with the sentiments of Hindu people by chopping the legs of cows, why is the police or the district administration not taking any action?” he questioned.
To curb illegal cow slaughtering, a committee called Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has been formed with the district officer as the president and the SP as one of the members of the committee. “Why is the DO hesitant to stop illegal cow slaughter? The SPCA should be strengthened and cows should be protected. If the DO will fail to protect cows, in the coming days we will take all the measures to file a case against the DO,” he said.
When asked about the Yettinahole project, Dinesh Pai said, “We are trying to protect the cows first because our cows have been slaughtered illegally. We do not have time to take up any other issues until we settle the illegal cow slaughter issue. We are not against the slaughtering of buffaloes but cows should not be slaughtered.”
When asked why the VHP cannot pressurize their own government in the center to ban beef in the entire country, he replied, “We are not against exporting beef since buffaloes, bullocks, etc. are slaughtered to export beef. We are against the slaughter of cows which we Hindus considered as holy. We will not allow cows to be slaughtered.”
VHP district president Jagadish Shenava added, “Our interest is to protect cows. So far, we have not decided to protest against the Yettinahole project.”
VHP district secretary Gopal Kuthar, Pradeep Pumpwell and Umesh Jappinamogeru were also present.