Mumbai: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Chief Mohan Bhagwat on Saturday backed "Gau Rakshak" - the right wing Hindu exremists working for protection of cows from smuggling and slaughter, saying that it was “amply clear” that they have not been involved in acts of violence.
“It is unfair to link the cow protectors or entire activity of cow protection with violent incidences or communal feelings without knowing or neglecting the facts,” RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat said in a speech to mark Vijayadashmi - the Hindu festival of Dussehra on Saturday posted on the organisation's website.
"The cow smuggling has emerged as a serious issue in all states and especially, on the Bangladesh border. In such a scenario, activities of cow-protection and cow promotion become more valuable. All these activities are undertaken by the activists within the legal and Constitutional framework.
"After inquiries in the recent incidences of violence and atrocities, it has become amply clear that these activities or the activists were not involved in those acts of violence.
"On the contrary many activists who were peacefully involved in cow protection were attacked and killed; this issue is neither discussed nor being inquired.
" Many followers of Muslim faith are also involved in the activity of cow protection, cow promotion and management of gaushalas. Some of them told me that the nefarious campaign going on against the cow-protection unnecessarily creates tension among the people of different religions.
"In such a situation, cow-protectors and promoters who are piously involved in the activity should not worry or get distracted with the well intentioned statements by highly placed persons in the Government or remarks made by the Supreme Court", Bhagwat said in his Dussehra speech.
Raising the issue of Rohingya refugees who are living in India with the permission of United Nations Refugee Commission (UNRC) he said they are security threat, linking the with terrorism.
"The nation already has been facing the problem of illegal Bangladeshi migrants and now Rohingyas who are chased away from Myanmar have infiltrated and many more are ready to migrate illegally. They are being driven out of Myanmar mainly due to their continuous violent and criminal separatist activities and linkages with the terrorist groups.
"Any decision regarding them should be taken by keeping in mind that they will definitely be a threat to national security and integrity.
"The Government seems to be thinking on the same line. In such complex situation, success is not possible without cooperation of the entire society. For the purpose, all the Sajjan Shakti of these states will have to come forward fearlessly. They will have to be organised, vocal and active and also make the society fearless, alert and enlightened", Bhagwat said.