Meerut, Sep 5: In order to stop cattle smuggling and cow slaughtering, Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s (VHP) gau raksha vibhag (cow protection department) came up with a set of guidelines for young ‘gau-rakshaks’ (cow vigilantes). VHP’s advice for young gau-rakshaks is — “Beat them up but don’t break their bones”. “I often say to my workers — maaro magar haddi mat todo (beat them up but don’t break their bones). If you break someone’s bones then you will get into trouble with the police,” said Khemchand, a member of the gau raksha department’s central committee.Also Read - Assam Passes Cattle Protection Bill as Opposition Stages Walkout. All You Need to Know About The Proposed Law

Addressing a meeting of top gau-rakshaks from western Uttar Pradesh, Braj region and Uttarakhand, VHP’s Khemchand  also advised members of cow protection groups not to shoot the video of assault of cow-smugglers in order to avert police case. Some people show off by shooting viral videos of them beating up cattle smugglers. There is no need for them to do that,” Khemchand said. The leader of the self-styled cow-protection outfit also took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make In India’ campaign and denounced his statement on ‘gau-rakshaks’, reported Times of India. (ALSO READ: Narendra Modi attacks Gau Rakshaks again: ‘Punish these fake cow-protectors, they are dividing India’) Also Read - Assam Cattle Preservation Bill 2021: No Sale of Cows Within 5 Kms of Temple, Says CM Sarma

“There was a lot of talk recently about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement on cow protection. I don’t agree with most of what he said, but I do agree that we shouldn’t take the law into our hands,” said Khemchand. However Khemchand described PM Narendra Modi as a “fellow pracharak”, but took on his ‘Make In India’ campaign. “Back in the old days, India was called ‘sone ki chidiya’ (golden bird). Do you think it was because of Make in India? There was no industry back then. India can be saved by the cow, not by Make in India.” Also Read - 83-Year-Old Seer Who Lives in a Rishikesh Cave Donates Rs 1 Crore For Ram Temple Construction

When Khemchand was confronted about bizzire advices for young members of cow-protection groups, he said that they have right to defend themselves. “I only meant that they (gau-rakshaks) should defend themselves when faced with a difficult situation. Most people don’t know about the danger that our workers face. So many workers have been martyred for the cause of the cow. What else could they do when they are faced with armed cattle mafia? The only thing they have to defend themselves is a lathi and the smugglers have guns. If a cattle smuggler sustains serious injuries, even when my boys are protecting themselves, cops target VHP workers,” Khemchand told TOI.

VHP chief Praveen Togadia took strong objection over Narendra Modi’s remarks against cow vigilantes, saying by dubbing them as “anti-social” he had insulted them and demanding that the government talk to them. After massive protest by Dalits over flogging of community youth by cow-protection group members, PM Modi asked states to probe the fake “gau rakshaks (cow protectors)” and take strong action against them, saying they were destroying the country.