Mathura: The Hindu Jagran Manch today demanded cancellation of auction of cows to be held on Thursday by the Deendayal Upadhyay Veterinary and Animal Sciences University here. However, the vice chancellor of the varsity clarified that the institute makes sure that farmers get the animals.
“A memorandum was submitted to the district magistrate demanding cancellation of the auction of cows by the Deendayal Upadhyay Veterinary University,” State president of Hindu Jagran Manch Ghanshyam Lodhi said, adding it is against the order of the Governor who is the chancellor of the university. Lodhi suggested that the cows can be transferred to government daily farms.
Hindu Jagran Manch is a Hindu activist group affiliated to the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP). It focuses on activism against religious conversion and works for the reconversion of Muslims and Christians to Hinduism. It is said to have been founded by Vinay Katiyar in 1982. It first came to public attention for its activism and religious violence in the tribal areas of the Dangs district of Gujarat in 1998. It and other similar affiliates Hindu Jagran Samiti, Hindu Jagran Samaj and Dharm Jagran Samiti have been implicated in the aggressive Ghar Wapsi (reconversion to Hinduism) programmes in 2014–2015.
However, the vice-chancellor of the universityProf KML Pathak said, “During the auction of the cows, we ensure that it is given to farmers in order to enhance their income. Final auction is not given a green signal in favour of people engaged in cow slaughter business, even if their bid is higher.”
“Also an affidavit is taken from the farmer that he would not sell the cow,” the vice-chancellor said.