Law Must Be Obeyed, Violence In Name Of Cow Protection Not Helping The Cause: Mohan BhagwatRSS chief Mohan Bhagwat speaks during a rally. (Getty Images)

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat has come out strongly in support of an all-India law against cow slaughter, calling on the vigilante groups to strictly adhere to the law while espousing the cause of protecting the animal.

"We want a law banning cow slaughter across the country," he said at an event to mark the birth anniversary of Lord Mahavir in New Delhi. "Any violence in the name of cow slaughter defames the cause and the law must be obeyed," he said.

The RSS chief’s statement comes amid uproar over the killing of Pehlu Khan, a 55-year-old dairy farmer, in Rajasthan’s Alwar district. At least four people have been arrested so far and the police are looking for 10 more alleged cow vigilantes.

Meanwhile, the Jain community from across Maharashtra has appealed to slaughter houses, meat wholesalers and retailers to close operations on Sunday, on the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti. Dealers said respecting the sentiments of Jains, no slaughter would be carried out on Sunday.

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