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Watch: BJP MLA says he’ll break hand and legs of those who disrespect, kill cows

BJP MLA from Uttar Pradesh, Vikram Singh Saini, says he will break the hands and legs of anyone who disrespects and kills cows.

india Updated: Apr 07, 2017 18:58 IST
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Vikram Saini

BJP MLA from Khatauli, Vikram Saini, made a controversial remark about physically harming people who disrespect and kill cows. (ANI)

A controversial BJP lawmaker from Uttar Pradesh has claimed that he would break the limbs of people disrespecting and killing cows.

“I had promised that I will break the hands and legs of those who hesitate in saying ‘Vande Matram’, those who feel pain in saying ‘Bharat mata ki jai’ and also those who do not consider cow as their mother and kill them,” said Khatauli MLA Vikram Saini while speaking at a function to felicitate UP Minister Suresh Rana in Muzaffarpur, accorrding to PTI.

“We are ready to fulfil the promise. We have a team of youth activists to take action” against such persons, he said.

Saini has also courted controversy before, having been jailed for making inflammatory speeches during the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots that killed more than 60 people and displaced thousands.

Since Adityanath took over roughly a week ago, a number of slaughterhouses have been shut and meat shops set on fire. The capital Lucknow is witnessing a strike by meat businesses that has forced the city to go vegetarian over the weekend as the supply, especially of buffalo meat, has dried up.

“The government will not touch those (abbattoirs) which are operating as per the provisions of law and have a valid licence. But, those which are violating the orders of the NGT and playing with the health of the public would not be spared...,” Adityanath told reporters on Saturday during his first visit to Gorakhpur after taking over as CM.

(With inputs from agencies)