Agar Malwa: Two days after three persons were booked under National Security Act (NSA) for alleged cow slaughtering in Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh, police have booked another two men under the same act in Agar Malwa district on Tuesday.
They were identified as Mahboob Khan (35), a resident of Lambikhedi village of Ujjain district, and Rodumal Malviya (35), a resident of Agar Malwa. The duo was booked under Section 3 (2) of the NSA for their alleged involvement in cow trafficking, and was sent to Ujjain jail for three months following an order of local court on Wednesday.
According to the police, Mahboob and Malviya were habitual animal traffickers, and on January 29, 2019, cow vigilantes “caught them near Agar-Malwa inter-state bus stand with cows”. Later, they were handed over them to Agar police.
Confirming it, Superintendent of Police, Agar Malwa, Manoj Kumar Singh, said, “Both were habitual cow traffickers, and numerous cases of bovine trafficking have been lodged against them in different police stations since 2015.”
Justifying his action against them, SP Singh said, “From last couple of months, cow trafficking is rampant in the area which has been causing tension in the district. To maintain peace, it was necessary to take strict action against the traffickers. So, as they arrested, we scrutinised their previous track records, and recommended to invoke NSA against them to the district collector.”
District Collector of Agar Malwa, Ajay Gupta upheld SP’s recommendations and invoked under section 3 (2) if the National Security Act 1980.
This is the second incident under the newly formed Congress government. Two days ago, Khandwa police booked three persons under the same act (NSA) for alleged cow slaughtering.
Last time NSA was invoked for cow slaughter in MP was under the BJP government in 2016, when former BJP state minority cell vice president Anwar Mev and nine others were booked under the stringent Act. Mev was later expelled from the party.