Bhopal: Three people have been arrested and charged under the draconian National Security Act for slaughtering a cow in Madhya Pradesh’s Khandwa. In addition to this, the three accused – Nadeem, Shakeel and Azam – have been booked under relevant sections of the Prohibition of Cow Slaughter Act.
According to the Khandwa superintendent of police, Siddharth Bahuguna, the police had come to know about the incident on Friday and immediate action was taken on the same day. Bahuguna said, “When our team reached the spot around 1.30am, we found the cow carcass, but the accused managed to escape. Two of them, Nadeem and Shakeel, were arrested the same day, while the third accused, Azam, was taken into custody on Monday.”
He has also clarified that Khandwa being a communally sensitive area, the accused have been charged under the tough NSA.
The NSA is used to detain people who the government suspects could disrupt the public order, threatens the security of country or its ties with foreign countries.
Both Nadeem and Shakeel, brothers in relation, are butchers and Azam is a farmer. Nadeem was involved in cow slaughter earlier and a case had been filed against him in 2017. However, he was released on bail the next year.