Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police Sulkhan Singh has asked officials to book those accused of cow slaughter or trafficking in cattle for slaughter under the National Security Act (NSA) and the Gangsters Act.“Cow slaughter and transportation of cattle for slaughter must be strictly prevented,” Mr. Singh told SPs and SSPs.This is not the first time that the State government has promised stringent punishment for cow slaughter.In 2014, the Akhilesh Yadav government gave its approval to slap the Gangsters Act and the Goondas Act on those accused of cow slaughter. The State government had made an amendment to the Acts to include the offence.Soon after taking charge in April, Mr. Singh vowed “strict action” against those involved in “vigilantism” for cow protection and asserted that no citizen had the “right to intervene.”However, his latest note to district police chiefs, comprising over 30 points, including instructions on handling cow slaughter, does not mention vigilante groups or the self-designated ‘gau rakshaks.’‘An intimidation’U.P. vice-president of the All India Jamiatul Quresh, Shakeel Qureshi, says that by issuing such orders, the State police were further intimidating those involved in cattle trade.“Such rules harass those involved in the business,” said Mr. Qureshi.He demanded that if those accused of cow slaughter or trafficking in cattle were to be booked under the NSA and the Gangsters Act, similar action should be taken against vigilante groups.
What MPs and political managers of the Congress and Trinamool Congress could not achieve, a Bollywood star managed.Mithun Chakraborty played the role of a mediator between Pranab Mukherjee and Mamata Banerjee, winning the Congressman the support of the mercurial Trinamool chief in the presidential election, it has emerged.And if the buzz in West Bengal’s political circles is to be believed, the actor could represent Trinamool in the Rajya Sabha.Few would know that Mithun and Mukherjee share a rapport that was born four decades ago. The Congress’s ‘man for all seasons’ has admiration for the Bengali who achieved stardom in Bollywood. In turn, Mithun has high regard for one of the tallest politicians from his state.Mithun, who once enjoyed cordial ties with late West Bengal CM Jyoti Basu and sports minister Subhas Chakraborty, is equally comfortable with Mukherjee.It may be recalled that in 2005, when Mukherjee was the defence minister in UPA-I, he had recommended Mithun for the Padma Shri. In 2009, the star campaigned for Mukherjee for the Lok Sabha polls in Jangipur, from where the Congressman was seeking re-election.And when the Congress was hoping against hope to receive support from the Trinamool for the July 19 presidential poll, Mithun played the role of the go-between.Mithun, who also shares cordial ties with the temperamental Banerjee, touched an emotional chord with her and advised her to support the veteran Congress leader.While Mukherjee was busy campaigning in other states, Mithun was on the job of bringing the Trinamool chief and the UPA presidential candidate closer.advertisementIt is understood that before Banerjee did a U-turn and announced her party’s support for Mukherjee two days before the elections, Mithun had communicated the Trinamool’s decision to the Congress leader.Mithun was personally invited by Mukherjee to attend the swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday. The actor flew to the city from Kolkata along with Banerjee on a private jet that was arranged by the Congress.On Tuesday night, Mamata and Mithun, along with railway minister Mukul Roy and Trinamool MP Kunal Ghosh, drove down to 13, Talkatora Road, to meet Mukherjee.The meeting of the Bengalis was nothing short of an emotional affair!