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Goa Chief Minister Backs Beef Traders

11 January 2018

INDIA - In an apparent snub to 'gau rakshaks' (Hindu nationalist right-wing federation of cattle protection movements), Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said today that if anybody interferes in the legal import of beef would be punished, a day after meat traders in the state withdrew their strike called to protest harassment by cow vigilantes.

The beef traders called off their four-day-long strike yesterday, citing assurance by the police that they would not allow harassment of dealers who import beef from Belagavi in Karnataka at the state border.

The Economic Times reports that the strike had created scarcity of beef in Goa.

The traders resorted to the protest after Gau Raksha Abhiyaan, an NGO, had allegedly targeted trucks carrying beef from Karnataka, claiming that animals are slaughtered in illegal slaughterhouses across the state border.

"I will see to it that if anyone interferes in the legal import (of beef), I will ensure that he is punished," the chief minister told reporters when asked about the incidents where vehicles carrying beef were stopped by cow vigilantes on the Goa-Karnataka border.

The chief minister said he had asked the police to go strictly by law.

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