Patna: Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said he had a detailed discussion on rising cow vigilantism with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has backed stern action against them.
"I discussed the issue of gau rakshaks with the Prime Minister over telephone and he advocated strict action against them and the law should take its own course in such matters. He has said this publicly too," Nitish said.
The chief minister, who was speaking on the sidelines of his Lok Samvad programme at 1 Aney Marg, didn't specify when he had spoken to Modi.
Nitish said he has instructed his officers to take action against such groups. "I have told my officials that the law should be upheld and those who take the law in their hands should be dealt with strictly," he said.
Nitish's statement comes at a time when a cattle owner belonging to the minority community was killed and two others were injured allegedly by cow vigilantes in Alwar district of Rajasthan on November 10.
Incidents of cow vigilantism saw an upswing immediately after Nitish dumped the Grand Alliance to embrace BJP-led National Democratic Alliance in July.