17/10/2015 2:02 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

J&K CM Condemns Lynching Of Alleged 'Cow Smuggler' In Himachal Pradesh

Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir state Mufti Mohammad Sayeed gestures as he sits inside the state legislature house in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Lawmakers from India's ruling Hindu nationalist party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Kashmir kicked and punched Rashid Ahmed, independent member of the state assembly, on Thursday for hosting a party where he served beef. Hindus consider cows to be sacred, and slaughtering the animals is banned in most Indian states. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

Srinagar -- Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today condemned the lynching of an alleged cow smuggler from Saharanpur by a mob in Himachal Pradesh.

Sayeed expressed grave concern over incidents of mob lynching saying people cannot be allowed to take law into their own hands.

"The killing of a youth by a mob in Himachal Pradesh is very unfortunate. We can't allow Kangaroo courts to pronounce judgement and lynch people the way they did in Dadri and now in Himachal," the Chief Minister said in a statement here.

Sayeed asked the government concerned to enforce rule of law and bring those responsible for such criminal acts to justice.

He said incidents like Dadri and the ink-attack on ORF Chairman Sudheendra Kulkarni in Mumbai have made people "very insecure" which does not augur well for a country that has a proud past of cultural and religious inclusiveness.

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