Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has said that people should not take the law into their hands regarding cow protection, adding that the government will not spare anyone involved in criminal activities.

In an interview with Zee News channel, Adityanath said his coverment was doing its work.

“I feel the government is doing its work and no one should take law in their hand ... We want to assure that there would be no action against any innocent person but the state government will not spare any criminal or mafia,” he said.

Cows are thought to be sacred, or deeply respected by Hindus. In various incident in recent years, the so-called “cow vigilantes” have attacked and in some cases murdered a number of Muslims on suspicion of possessing or eating beef.

Over two month ago, a mob of angry cow protectors attacked 15 Muslim men while they were transporting cattle on suspicion of smuggling the cows.

Also in similar incidents. At least ten Muslims have been killed in the past two years by cow vigilantes under similar accusations.

Back in 2016, four members of a Dalit family were flogged publicly by a group of gau rakshaks for skinning a dead cow in Una town of Gir Somnath district in Gujarat.