President says – BE VIGILANT AS A SOCIETY BUT NOT VIGILANTE

NEW DELHI : In an apparent reference to a rise in lynching incidents in the name of cow protection, President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday said “when mob frenzy becomes so high, irrational and uncontrollable”, the people have to be vigilant to save the basic tenets of the country.

His remarks came two days after a man was allegedly beaten to death and his vehicle set on fire in Jharkhand as he was believed to be carrying beef.

“When mob frenzy becomes so high, irrational and uncontrollable, we have to pause and reflect,” the President said after releasing a commemorative issue of National Herald, a newspaper founded by former PM Jawaharlal Nehru in 1938.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi too raised the issue of rising intolerance in her hard-hitting speech and launched a veiled attack on the BJP-led government, claiming that the “culture of vigilante violence is being encouraged and actively supported by those who are supposed to enforce the law”.

“Such examples assault our consciousness almost daily…” she said.

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Source: paper.hindustantimes.com

 

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