A video clip that claims to show Vishwa Hindu Parishad workers kicking a cow during the ash immersion ceremony of Ashok Singhal - the international president of the Hindu outfit - in Lucknow has left VHP officials red-faced, who now have said that they will take action against the members shown in the viral video.
"If VHP members are involved then they will be identified and action taken against them," VHP spokesman Sharad Sharma told PTI, adding that "for us, cow has always been and will be sacred. We can never disrespect her... VHP has always taken stance on cow".
The video and several photos of VHP workers kicking the cow since then have been widely shared on Facebook and Twitter.
The clip shows the VHP workers trying to move a cow, which seems to be obstructing the way of the procession carrying the ashes of Singhal for immersion in Lucknow.
The images shows the VHP workers not only kicking the cow but also "pull its ear" as it failed to move. The stubborn bovine seems to have "stood its ground, in this case, sat its ground."
The incident, however, has racked up a debate against the VHP workers, who often vandalise places and even take law into their hands, in their so-called fight to save the "holy cow."
On Thursday, VHP members allegedly attacked two Ajmer municipal corporation officials and smeared grease on their face over the death of two cows and three calves at a corporation-run shelter for stray cows.
VHP alleged that the bovines had died to due to hunger, according to Indian Express.