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Centre says police cannot invoke NSA for cattle smuggling, cow slaughter

The response is connected to the Kamal Nath-led Congress government in Madhya Pradesh, which in February this year slapped the stringent NSA against three men accused of slaughtering a cow at Khandwa.

“Transportation of cattle and cow slaughter are not punishable offences under the NSA.” MoS, Home Affairs, G Kishan Reddy said in a response to question asked by Lok sabha MP PR Natarajan. (File photo: Reuters)

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Tuesday stated in the Lok Sabha that the National Security Act (NSA), 1980, is only for preventive detention and matters connected therewith.

“Transportation of cattle and cow slaughter are not punishable offences under the NSA.” MoS, Home Affairs, G Kishan Reddy said in a response to question asked by Lok sabha MP PR Natarajan.

The response was however connected to the Kamal Nath-led Congress government in Madhya Pradesh, which in February this year slapped the stringent NSA against three men accused of slaughtering a cow at Khandwa.

The trio, identified as Shakeel, Nadeem and Azam, were sent to jail by local police under the NSA.

The topic of cows is sacrosanct and contentious in India, and, it has often found its way to the Parliament in the form of questions on lynching over cow slaughter.

“A cow can’t vote,” Janata Dal-United (JDU) MP Gulam Rasool Balyawi, while taking on the BJP over a discussion on beef ban in May 2016 had said.

“During campaigning, BJP candidates walked door-to-door with cows to seek votes. They were under the impression that they will get votes on the basis of religion. But thanks to cows for making them realise that it can ‘only give milk’ and not get votes for them,” the MP’s comment had garnered a huge round of applause.




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