Amid of the uproar of cow vigilantism across the nation, senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan on April 9 returned the cow which was gifted to him by Shankaracharya of Govardhan Peeth Swami Adhokshjanand Maharaj. Feeling scared, Azam Khan said, any vigilante could kill the cow to “defame” him.
The Swami Adhokshjanand Maharaj had gifted a black cow to Azam Khan in October 2015 after the latter had expressed his desire to have one in his dairy.
According to the reports published in PTI, the former Uttar Pradesh minister wrote a letter to the Hindu seer and said “Muslims were living in an atmosphere of insecurity. Any cow vigilante might harm or even kill the beautiful and beneficial animal to defame me and the Muslim community.”
Speaking to media he said, the cow was “safely” sent back to Adhokshjanand Maharaj.
The SP leader also alleged that a “vicious propaganda has been launched against Muslims in the country. The condition of Muslims is even worse than that of slaves”.
Accusing the state government of practicing double standards, Khan sais, “the VVIPs are allowed to consume meat but common people are being troubled unnecessarily and even eliminated”.
The SP leader said to the Shankaracharya that he accorded “best treatment” to the cow and the animal was being returned keeping in view its “safety and security”.
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