New Delhi, July 24: Days after 28-year-old Rakbar Khan was lynched in Rajasthan’s Alwar on the suspicion of cow smuggling, Union Minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey on Tuesday extended his support to ‘Gau Rakshaks’, saying they can never resort to violence. Also Read - Ex-PM Morarji Desai Used to Drink Cow's Urine For Medicinal Benefits: Junior Health Minister

“Gau rakshak kabhi hinsak nahi ho sakta. Ye samaj mein ek aad log hain jo hinsa karte hain. Jo sahi mein Gau Rakshak hai vo to shaanti ka pujari hota hai (Gau Rakshaks can never be violent. There are some people in society who do violence. The real Gau Rakshak is a priest of peace),” Choubey said, while speaking to reporters today. Also Read - Caught on Camera: Union Minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey Dares Bihar SDM to Jail Him After Alleged Violation of Mode Code of Conduct

Notably, his statement comes hours after Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the government will enact a law, if necessary, to curb such lynching incidents. Also Read - Union min reviews National TB Control Programme

Responding to the criticism by the Congress in Lok Sabha over the killing of Rakbar Khan, Home Minister Singh said that the government has taken action to curb lynching incidents. Opposition parties, mainly the Congress and the Trinamool Congress, raised the issue in the Lok Sabha during Zero Hour and demanded that the centre take action to curb lynching incidents.

Earlier on July 20, 28-year-old Rakbar Khan was lynched to death after mob attacked him and his friend on the suspicion of him being a cow smuggler. The policemen apparently reached the site of the attack at 1 a.m. but the victim reached the hospital only at 4 a.m., said a police official. It has been alleged that the policemen stopped on the way to have tea.