Nagpur, July 13: Despite repeated warnings from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, self-proclaimed cow vigilantes (gau rakshaks) are taking law into their hands. A man was beaten up on Wednesday for allegedly carrying beef in Bharsingi village of Nagpur, Maharashtra. A case has been registered by the Nagpur police and four people have been detained for interrogation.

The wife of the victim claimed that it was mutton and not beef. She said her husband has suffered internal injuries as he was punched and beaten with sticks.

The Maharashtra Animal Preservation Act, 1976, bans the killing of cows and calves.

There has been a spurt in the number of incidents involving self-styled cow vigilantes and in the cases of lynchings in the country. The Prime Minister had appealed people not to take law in their hands. “Killing people in the name of Gau Bhakti is not acceptable. This is not something Mahatma Gandhi would approve,” Modi had said.

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“As a society, there is no place for violence,” he had said. “Violence never has and never will solve any problem.”

Past incidents

Last month, a man accused of carrying beef was allegedly beaten to death by a mob in Jharkhand’s Ramgarh district. The incident took place just a couple of days after a mob attacked and injured a man in Giridih district on suspicion that he had slaughtered a cow.

In April, cow vigilantes killed a 55-year-old dairy farmer Pehlu Khan who was transporting cow on a highway in Alwar in Rajasthan. The gau rakshaks reportedly accused Khan and his sons of illegally smuggling cows for slaughter.

Last year, Mohammad Akhlaq was dragged out of his house and lynched by mob after an announcement was made from a temple alleging the family had slaughtered a calf in Uttar Pradesh’s Dadri district.