As a child we often used to recite a two-line poem, gai hamari mata hai humko kuch nahi aata hai. What started as a fun poem stands truer at the contemporary Indian situation. Divided by political propaganda, we don’t think twice before snatching someone’s life. We are unable to stop and think before taking an extreme step in the name of religion. And the reason? Well, protecting gau mata! Mob lynching or killing because of cow slaughter, sadly, isn’t an act of past in the modern day India.
Recently, Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh added its name to the list of being a city which shamelessly claimed a life over cow meat fiasco. This time, a policeman lost his life. Police inspector Subodh Kumar passed away during his treatment at the hospital after getting shot.
The troubles started brewing when some villagers in Mahaw village found body parts of cows. Seizing the chance, the right-wing activists gathered at the spot to give fuel to an age-old religious rivalry in India.
They started telling people that the dumping of the body parts was intentional and people of a particular community were indulging in cow slaughter, despite the ban. This tiny spark was all that was needed to ignite the fire of stupidity in people.
The activists, along with members of various Hindu groups, took it upon themselves to demand justice for the ‘poor’ cow. Hence, they loaded the remains of the animal in tractor-trolley and went to Chingarwathi Police Chowki. Apparently, they wanted the police to catch the culprit and punish them.
While belittling the police department, they also created a ruckus and blocked the Bulandshahr-Garh State Highway. Senior officers of police, along with Bulandshahr District Magistrate and Sub-divisional Magistrate, tried to reason with the protesters but that turned out to be a futile effort.
Soon the protest went out of hand and people turned violent. The protesters started pelting the police with stone and also got involved in the arson. The police, in self-defense, took to the resort of open fire.
Police inspector Subodh Kumar was one of the officers who was trying to subdue this unwanted and illogical protest. During the fiasco, he was hit with a blunt object and also by a bullet. He lost his life due to the bullet injury.
This is the same person who was also investigating the 2015 Dadri mob lynching. In this case, a 52-year-old man named Mohammad Akhlaq Saifi was killed after people from a certain religious community attacked his home with sticks and bricks. They accused him of stealing and slaughtering a cow calf. The incident took place in Bisara village near Dadri, Uttar Pradesh. Sister of the deceased police inspector said that Subodh Kumar was killed because he was investigating the Akhlaq case. This is what she stated:
Sister of Policeman Subodh Singh:My brother was investigating Akhlaq case&that is why he was killed,its a conspiracy by Police.He should be declared martyr and memorial should be built. We do not want money. CM only keeps saying cow cow cow. #Bulandshahr pic.twitter.com/ohILXKCj3w
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) December 4, 2018
The extent of stupidity that surrounds us is astounding! Is it so hard to see that this sparks of communal discontent have a very clear connection with the upcoming elections 2019? It is no secret that the ruling party is gathering their votes with the implementation of divide and rule policy. Like their predecessors, they are also dividing the vote bank in name of religion. The difference is, this time they are tapping the vote from the religious majority than the minority.
A developing country like India has so much to deal with. There is a dire need for developments in the field of job generation, infrastructure, agriculture, and security. Instead, the thing that is taking our night’s sleep away is the protection of cows. Really?
The netizens were also vocal about this incident. Here are what they said:
Man this is appalling to say the least. Take any developed country, if even a lowest ranking officer is hurt, it follows a ruthless man-hunt until the culprits are either killed or apprehended. Make the police force stronger first. Monuments you can build later
— Rehan Ahmed ⚪ (@_rehan_a) December 4, 2018
These murders are shame on BJP and RSS affiliated Hindutva organisations. Case should be handed over to CBI for fair investigation.
— M RAM (@mangeram0154) December 4, 2018
Cow Minister Yogi must resign or be forced to, he’s unfit to govern a district let alone a whole state. Don’t go the Gujarat way UP, save your honest cops before hindutva thugs get to them.
— Priyanka (@autumnrainwish) December 4, 2018
What have we reduced our country dialogues to. Simply barbarian ! Unacceptable is the level and worse are the silent for they are perpetuators of these henious crimes.
— Dipali Sikand (@SikandDipali) December 4, 2018
We must comdemn this. We are so sorry for the loss.
— IndianFirst (@Gladcrane) December 4, 2018
Where this country is heading towards? Where even Police
wale r not safe? What about our Tall mounted Leaders, untired of staking claims over claims of conquering the world over?
— K.C.Arora (@dhartiakash) December 4, 2018
Animals of UP kills an honest and efficient Hindu Police Officer. Have to find out whether these animals were hindus or muslims.
— SIBI THANKAPPAN (@sibisrivilas2) December 4, 2018
height of lawlessness , the head of state busy in elections and name changing
— Mohit Dutta (@Carlsberg_Dutta) December 4, 2018
Hindus are so gullible. Repeat a lie thousand times and people will start believing it
— Neeraj Singh Tanwer (@NEERAJTANWER) December 4, 2018
This is indeed shocking, when I first read that the Inspector killed by #GauRakshaks was the one investigating #Akhlaq‘s #lynching I could not believe it. This has to be a case of targeted killing. #YogiAdityanath & His government have to made answerable to people. #India
— Shivam Sethi (@shivamsethi11) December 4, 2018
Its a gruesome murder ,@Uppolice he is one of you ,dont let the murderers go away with political protection,this is least u can do for his family
— Harpreet Singh (@HarrysodhiG) December 4, 2018
How low can we go in name of protection of religious sentiments? How can we give the power to the political parties to decide which sentiments to protect and which to shun? It seems we are too busy to surround ourselves with political propaganda to create a comfort zone around us and be a part of the safe trend. But the future that draws is bleak.
Isn’t it about time that we should open our eyes and think what is happening around? Does the Gau mata really want to be protected? What do you think about this cow slaughter case? Let us know in the comments below.