BHOPAL– In a first incident after the Congress party formed the government in the state, Madhya Pradesh police has arrested three Muslims and slapped Nation Security Act (NSA) against them for alleged cow slaughter in “communally sensitive” Khandwa town of the state.
Those who were arrested by the Moghat police are Raju alias Nadeem, Shakeel, and Azam. While Nadeem and Shakeel were arrested on Friday, Azam was held later on Monday. According to the Indian Express, Siddharth Bahuguna, Khandwa SP, informed that NSA has been invoked against the cow slaughter accused.
According to Moghat Police Station in-charge Mohan Singore, the police got a tip-off about cow slaughter. Then, they held Nadeem and Shakeel when the police allegedly recovered the carcass of a heifer from them. They allege Nadeem is a habitual offender and he had been booked earlier also under cow slaughter legislation. Azam managed to escape but was arrested two days later.
They were booked under Sections 4, 6, 9 of the Prohibition of Cow Slaughter Act. The district collector sanctioned invoking the NSA on the recommendation of the superintendent of police. The NAS gives the detention for a longer period.
Cow slaughter has been at the center of political discussions for the last five years when the cow vigilantes resorted to mob-lynchings in the name of cow slaughter or cattle theft across the country. Many such incidents took place in Madhya Pradesh itself and then chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan received a lot of criticism and backlash over the issue.