Hindu Jagran Manch and Rudra Sena – Hindu activist groups affiliated to the Vishva Hindu Parishad – burnt an effigy of singing sensation and heartthrob of Assam Zubeen Garg for “advising” ‘Dhing Express’ Hima Das to “consume beef rather instead of chicken and pigeon meat”.
On Monday, near the Harimandir Chowk in Nalbari, the groups burnt an effigy of Zubeen and also filed an FIR against the singer for “hurting communal and religious sentiments”.
The Hindu activist groups also demanded a public apology from Zubeen.
The groups also “warned” that if Zubeen “fails to apologise”, he will be “banned from entering Nalbari”.
18 year old Das, who is the new poster girl of Indian athletics, become the first Indian woman athlete to win gold in the women’s 400m final race in the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships.
As congratulatory messages started pouring in from across the world, Zubeen made a sensational statement, once again stoking controversy.
Zubeen said that Das “will get the real strength to run even faster if she consumes beef”. Zubeen also said that an athlete should focus “only on sports” and “rise above” religion, caste and creed.
His statement comes at a time when incidences of mob lynching of cattle traders, beef-eaters are on in the rise in the country.