BJP Activist Arrested in Kolkata for Hosting Cow Urine Consumption Event to Fight COVID-19
Kolkata: A BJP activist was arrested for
organising a cow urine consumption event here, claiming that it will protect
people from coronavirus or cure those already infected, leading to a civic
volunteer falling ill after drinking it, police said on Wednesday.
He was arrested late Tuesday night
following a complaint filed by the victim with the police, they said. According
to police officials, 40-year-old Narayan Chatterjee, a local party worker of
Jorasakho area in north Kolkata, had on Monday organised a cow-worship
programme at a cowshed and distributed cow urine. He vouched for its
“miraculous” properties while offering gaumutra to others.
A civic volunteer, who was on duty near
the cow shed also consumed gaumutra and fell sick on Tuesday, following which
he lodged a complaint with the police against Chatterjee.
Reacting to the arrest, the state BJP
leadership criticised the state government. Party’s state unit general
secretary Sayantan Basu said, “Chatterjee had distributed cow urine, but
he didn’t fool people in consuming it. When he distributed it, he clearly said
it was cow urine, he didn’t force anyone to drink it.
“It has not been proved whether it is
harmful or not. So how can just police arrest him without any reason. This is
West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh has said
there is no harm in drinking cow urine and he has no qualms in admitting he
His party colleague and MP Locket
Chatterjee, however, differed, terming it an “unscientific belief”
that should be shunned.
The cow urine distribution as a cure for
coronavirus had drawn sharp criticism from the ruling TMC and opposition
By : PTI