New Delhi, July 1, 2017: Union information and broadcasting minister Venkaiah Naidu on Friday called the deluge of lynchings by vigilante groups “condemnable and barbaric” and appealed against giving a political or communal colour to such actions.
Speaking to media, Naidu said “Lynching or killing any human being is condemnable, barbaric and civilized society cannot accept it. It is for the law enforcement agencies of the respective states to take the strongest possible action.” Let us not give it a religious colour. Let us not divide the society,” he further added.
His comments came a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi made it clear that killing people in the name of “gau bhakti” is not acceptable.
Naidu said the Prime Minister had made the stand of the government very clear that no one should take the law into their hands in the name of cow protection. “Some people are trying to overplay, some are trying to politicise it and some are trying to communalise it,” he said.
Such acts bring a bad name to the society and the country, he said. “The government is very clear and categorical that everyone should respect when other people’s sentiments are involved.”
Meanwhile, Naidu appealed to people not to take law into their own hands, saying, “If any violation of law is seen, people must report to the law enforcement authorities and impress them to take action.”