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SC asks 6 BJP-ruled states to respond in 3 weeks to petition seeking ban on gau rakshaks

The petition was filed by Congress leader Tehseen Poonawalla, who called for gau rakshak groups to be declared illegal. Photograph: (Zee News Network)

New Delhi, Delhi, India Apr 07, 2017, 06.06 AM (IST)

The Supreme Court has asked six BJP-ruled states to respond within three weeks to a petition seeking a ban on gau rakshak (cow protection) groups. 

The court issued notices to Gujarat, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. 

A 55-year-old Muslim man died in Rajasthan on Monday after he was attacked by gau rakshaks. 

And earlier this week, Gujarat made cow slaughter punishable by life imprisonment. 

The petition was filed by Congress leader Tehseen Poonawalla, who called for gau rakshak groups to be declared illegal.

The case will next be heard on May 3.

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