RSS suggests a cow pilgrimage centre in Uttarakhand's Katarpur
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has suggested to the Uttarakhand government that the village of Katarpur in Haridwar district be developed into a cow pilgrimage site.
Katarpur, which is 70 kms from state capital Dehradun, is a site where several Hindus laid down their lives in 1918 to stop the killing of a cow, said reports.
The HT quoted the RSS zonal head Dinesh Semwal as saying that our Hindus were hanged and 135 others jailed during a protest in 1918.
Top RSS leaders, including Dattatreya Hosabale and Gopal Kishan, met Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat to suggest that Katarpur be developed into a cow pilgrimage site. The national general secretary of the BJP, Ram Lal, and Uttarakhand tourism minister Satpal Maharaj also attended the meeting.
A 'Gau Rakshak memorial' already exists in Katarpur where tributes to those who laid down their lives are paid annually.
According to reports, several BJP leaders and state ministers have opined that the RSS' suggestion should be implemented and Katarpur be declared as a cow piligrimage centre.