Prime Minister Narendra Modi seems to have responded to the multi-city campaign ‘Not in my name’ against mob lynchings, particularly against Muslims by cow vigilantes.

Addressing a gathering at Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad on Thursday, PM Modi said “killing people in the name of Gau Bhakti (cow devotion) is not acceptable” and the people shouldn’t forget that India’s the country of Mahatma Gandhi. 

“No person in this nation has the right to take the law in his or her own hands in this country,” PM Modi said while marking the centenary celebrations of Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad. 

Stressing that protection of cows was also exemplified by Mahatma Gandhi and Acharya Vinoba Bhave, Modi said violence in the name of cow is “not something Mahatma Gandhi would approve of.” 

“Violence never has and never will solve any problem,” he said. 

Modi’s comments came in the wake of recent murder of a 16-year-old Muslim boy Junaid Khan who was stabbed to death in a train over a seat-sharing argument which had escalated into communal slurs and allegations of beef-eating. Haryana Police have arrested five persons in the case so far. 

During his address, PM Modi also tried to make people recall India’s history of non-violence and the ideals set by the father of nation Mahatma Gandhi.

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