<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Members of Rashtriya Goraksha Sena (RGS) at a press conference on Friday said that if the West Bengal government did not take action against the open sacrifice of cows on Bakri Eid which is on Saturday, they should give them the permission to immolate themselves.“High Court and Supreme Court rules are being flouted blatantly but nothing is being done about it. We have written to the Chief Minister of Bengal as well as the governor that if they cannot stop it let them give us the permission to set ourselves on fire as a mark of protest,” said Ashoo Mongia, national president, RGS.Ram Milan Shukla, patron of the organisation put both the state government and the Centre on the dock for the prevalence of cow slaughter. “Before their ascent to power, leaders assure us that it would be stopped and as soon as they come to power they seem to be more worried about the votes of a particular community. While the Mamata government has allowed cow sale and slaughter in Bengal, Modi government has banned in many BJP-ruled states but has not done so in the northeast for obvious reasons,” he said.On the sidelines of the press conference, talking to DNA, Mongia admitted that Muslims were being targeted in the whole beef business. “There was a petition in Mumbai to allow consumption of beef. We found out that of the 35 petitioners who had signed it, 28 were non-Muslims. We were surprised. Again, in several cases over 1300 cattle smugglers were booked but of them we found out only 88 were Muslims. So, the statement that only Muslims patronise beef business or consume beef is wrong,” he said.He also pointed out that what the ‘Gau Rakshaks’ were doing across the country, lynching people on the assumption that the person had stored or consumed beef, was wrong. “We have no right to take law in our hands. What happened at different states across the country is highly condemnable. We don’t support such acts. We have given strict instruction to all our activists that no one should be harmed in the process. Which is why we take legal action against such persons who had illegally slaughtered cow or kept beef in possession and that is why, to avoid a law and order situation we will not go to places in Kolkata where cows are bought and sold for sacrificing, during Bakri Eid,” Mongia said.
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