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Now, Congress govt in MP invokes NSA against 02 for transporting cows

The issue was also raised at the AICC Minority Convention on Thursday in New Delhi

Friday February 8, 2019 10:39 PM, ummid.com & Agencies

NSA for Cow Slaughter

Bhopal: Two days after it booked 03 persons under National Security Act (NSA) for alleged cow slaugther, the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh Friday invoked the stringent law against two others for what it said "illegally transporting cows and thus disrupting peace."

“The two accused — Mehboob Khan, a resident of Lambikheda in Ujjain district, and Rodumal Malviya of Agar Malwa — were arrested on Thursday under the NSA for transporting cows illegally and disrupting public peace,” news agency PTI quoted Kotwali police station in-charge Ajit Tiwari.

Agar Malwa town had witnessed tension on January 29 in the bus stand area when the two accused were carrying cows in their vehicles. People had protested against them, after which the market was shut, the police said.

Three days ago, Madhya Pradesh police had invoked the NSA, which allows preventive detention for a longer period, against three persons who are identified as Nadeem, Shakeel and Azam, after arresting them on charges of cow slaughter in the communally sensitive Khandwa town.

The move had made uneasy the Muslim community and a section of Congress leaders. For, crackdown on Muslims and Dalits in the name of alleged cow slaughter was one of the reasons why people were unhappy with the erstwhile BJP government.

The issue was also raised at the AICC Minority Convention on Thursday in New Delhi.

"Targeting of Muslims and Dalits under the BJP rule is understood. But, if the same thing continues in our own government then it is a matter of serious concern", Maharashtra Congress leader and former minister Arif Naseem Khan said while addressing the convention.

Condemning the MP government’s action, Former Karnataka minister Roshan Baig said, “If there was some violation, cases could have been booked against them…but why was NSA invoked.”

“What message are you trying to send. If our own government comes and does this…we respect the sentiments of other religions….but invoking NSA was not right", he added.

Earlier, talking to reporters in Mandsaur in connection with the Khandwa case, former MP Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh had said it is the police who decide which sections should be applied and invoking the NSA appeared unnecessary in that case.

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