Rajouri, April 23
Terming attack of misreants on nomadic Gujjars in Reasi a Gunda Gardi, Minister For Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali has expressed serious concern over it saying that such cow vigalantism will not be acceptable in Jammu and Kashmir.
Reacting on the incident of Reasi where five members of a nomadic family were injured after cow vigilantes attacked them with iron rods in Talwara area of Reasi district on Thursday evening when the family was moving with the flock of animals, The Minister said that Gujjar and Bakerwals are real Gaw Rakshak and they are being harased for moving folks from one place to another. He said that as per reports, cow vigilantes took away the entire flock of cattle including cow, sheep and goat of the nomad family besides physically torturing men women and children which will not be tolrated at any cost.
Minister said that Gujjar and Bakerwal community are dependent on livestocks and they are moving from one place to another for the last many centuries and nobody stopped them to carryon the tradition of migration with livestocks. He said that this community take care off cow more than so called Gaw Rakhshak. He termed the atach as illegal and pressed upon administation to take the issue seriously. The Minister also talked to police asministration and expressed serious concern over it.
The Minister said that some people are hell bent to create communal tension in the state and such acts musts be discouraged by one and all. “Such miscreants must be booked under law for using illegal means to harsas people” , he said adding that the state is already facing trouble and such things are adding fuel to fire. “We will not allow such elements to tarnish the image of the state and detabalize it”, he added.
He said that people should not create rein of terror on the name of Gaw Rakshak. He added that every religion teaches tolrance and we must adopt religious tolrance and allow anybody to preach according to own wish. “We cannot force anybody to follow a particular faith”, he said adding that the people on the name of cow protection by using force are damaging secular fabric of this state which will not be allowed at any cost.