We live in a country where you can get away with absolutely anything if you are doing it in the name of religion. We are surrounded by a number of organisations that will even go to the extent of killing a person to 'protect their religion.'Because after all their entire operation runs by maintaining a 'Khauf.' One such group of Vigilantes are the cow protectors known as Gau Rakshaks.
While these Gau Rakshaks claim that they are trying to protect cows from being slaughtered and eaten as it hurts their religious sentiments, they also run a massive extortion operation that helps them mint almost 2-3 crores on a daily basis.
Senior Journalist Niranjan Takle recently went undercover to expose the dark side of religious extortion in Gujrat. On his mission, Niranjan disguised himself as Rizwan Qureshi and posed as a cattle trader. Over a few weeks, he travelled in around 30 trucks that transported cattle from Rajasthan's illegal cattle markets to slaughterhouses in Gujrat. In a recent video that went viral, Takle shared his experience dealing with the Gau Rakshak Mafia.
He learnt that the Gaurakshaks charge protection money so that trucks with cattle can pass without getting into trouble. He found out that to safely enter Gujrat, Trucks with Cows had to pay around 15k and the ones with buffalos had to pay 6.5k to the Mafia. After observing how the transaction is handled, Takle met the godfather of the Gujrat Gau Rakshak Mafia.
Takle really got into his undercover Character and went to the base of operations. Takle told the chief to reduce the prices per truck as he wants to increase his business by bringing in up to 40 trucks per day. While they negotiated the terms of their transactions, the mafia boss told him that they 'have' to lynch or kill a guy once in a while so that people fear them!
Basically, the entire operation run by these Mafia in the name of religion is just a hoax to run a massive extortion scheme! As long as you are paying them money to transport your soon to be beef, it won't hurt their religious sentiment! And these Gau Rakshaks are only going up in number. more than 15,000 people operate under the Gujrat Mafia itself. And as the government is constantly announcing more and more cow welfare schemes, their cover gets even stronger.