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Supreme Court asks Centre & states not to protect any kind of vigilantism

Supreme Court today asked the Centre and the states not to protect any kind of vigilantism and sought their response on violent incidents of cow vigilantism.

A three judge bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra comprising A M Khanwilkar and M M Shantanagoudar, was informed by the Centre that law and order is a state subject but it does not support any kind of vigilantism in the country.

The bench also sought the assistance of the Centre and states for removing violent content related to cow vigilantism uploaded on social media.

Counsel appearing for BJP-ruled Gujarat and Jharkhand informed the court that appropriate action has been taken against those involved in violent activities related to cow vigilantism.

The bench recorded their submission and asked the Centre and other states to file their report regarding the violent incidents in four weeks time and posted the matter for further hearing on September 6.

The apex court had on April 7 sought the response of six states on the plea, filed on October 21 last year, seeking action against cow vigilantes who were allegedly indulging in violence and committing atrocities against Dalits and minorities.

Activist Tehseen S Poonawalla, in his plea, said violence committed by these ‘Gau Raksha’ groups have reached such proportions that even Prime Minister Narendra Modi had termed them ‘fake protectors’ who are destroying the society.

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