Madhya Pradesh: Three Muslim Men Booked Under NSA for Alleged Cow Slaughter
Per reports, the three were arrested following threats of protests by the Hindu extremist group Bajrang Dal.
The newly-elected Kamal Nath government in Madhya Pradesh has reportedly invoked the National Security Act (NSA) for three men who were arrested in Khandwa for alleged cow slaughter.
Nadeem, Shakeel and Azam were first booked under the Madhya Pradesh Prohibition of Cow Slaughter Act and the police subsequently invoked the NSA against the three, reported The Indian Express.
“On Friday, Azam managed to escape from the spot. There was a possibility of communal tension because the Bajrang Dal threatened to take to the streets if he was also not arrested. The arrest brought the situation under control,” Mohgat police station in-charge Mohan Singore told IE. “Nadeem had been booked earlier, too, under the same charge. Our informers told us the accused used to transport meat in containers used for carrying milk,” he claimed.
NSA, which provides for a longer preventive detention, was frequently invoked against suspects of cow slaughter under the previous Shivraj Singh Chouhan government in the state. According to IE, 22 people were booked under NSA between 2007 and 2016 by the previous Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government. However, this is the first such case since the Kamal Nath-led Congress government came to power in the state.