Strin­gent NSA slapped on 3 youths for UP cow slaugh­ter

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - FRONT PAGE - [email protected]­

Meerut: Ut­tar Pradesh po­lice on Mon­day in­voked the strin­gent Na­tional Se­cu­rity Act (NSA) against three youths ar­rested for al­legedly killing cows in Ma­hav vil­lage of Bu­land­shahr, which had trig­gered the De­cem­ber 3 vi­o­lence in which a po­lice of­fi­cer and a civil­ian were shot.

Bu­land­shahr po­lice have ar­rested six peo­ple in con­nec­tion with the cow slaugh­ter case which, the gov­ern­ment and po­lice had said, was “top pri­or­ity”. Al­leg­ing con­spir­acy in the vi­o­lence, se­nior of­fi­cials had claimed that the “big­ger ques­tion” was the cow slaugh­ter.

On Mon­day, three of those ar­rested—Azhar, Me­hboob Ali and Nadeem—were slapped with NSA, a move which will kill their chance of se­cur­ing a bail any­time soon.

Soon af­ter the De­cem­ber 3 clash, seven peo­ple were named in an FIR on the ba­sis of a com­plaint by Ba­jrang Dal leader Yo­gesh Raj in the cow slaugh­ter case. But af­ter sev­eral dis­crep­an­cies were found in the ini­tial FIR, po­lice gave a clean chit to the seven and ar­rested six oth­ers. Three of them were dubbed the “main ac­cused” by the SIT.

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