National Security Act (NSA), a law used to detain suspects who threaten the country’s security, was on Tuesday invoked against three persons accused of cow slaughter, including two brothers in Khandwa district, 271 km south of Bhopal, police said.
The police had got information on Friday that a cow was slaughtered near Moghat in Khandwa.
“Police got information three days earlier that some people are involved in cow slaughter near Moghat. When police arrived, the accused ran away. But we found the cow carcass,” SP Siddharth Bahuguna said.
The same day, police arrested Nadeem and Shakeel on Friday; a third person, Azam was arrested on Monday under various sections of Prohibitions of Cow Slaughter Act.
The police said that this is the first incident in Madhya Pradesh where NSA is being invoked against those accused of cow slaughter since December last year when the Congress won the state elections.
“After a detailed investigation, three persons named Raju, Shakil and Azam have been arrested. Of the three, one has a record of involvement in cow slaughter,” Bahuguna added.