Case of competitive communalism as 3 Muslim men charged under dreaded NSA Act in Congress-ruled Madhya Pradesh

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The Congress government in Madhya Pradesh has come down heavily on three men, alleged to have slaughtered a cow after police in the state charged them with the dreaded National Security Act. The NSA is usually invoked when a person is accused of having threatened the national security of India.

NSA Act

As reported by Janta Ka Reporter,

the last time the NSA was used against three Muslim men was in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr, where the state’s Yogi Adityanath government had invoked the dreaded act in the alleged cow slaughtering case. This was after a Hindutva mob had killed a police officer Subodh Kumar Singh.

In Madhya Pradesh, three men, identified as Nadeem, Shakeel and Azam are being accused of slaughtering a cow near Moghat in Khandwa district. Khandwa Superintendent of Police Siddharth Bahuguna was quoted by NDTV as saying, “When our team reached the spot around 1.30 am, we found the cow carcass, but the accused managed to escape. Two of them, Nadeem and Shakeel, were arrested the same day, while the third accused, Azam, was taken into custody on Monday.”

Critics have lately accused the Congress of adopting what’s being termed as soft Hindutva to counter the hardcore Hindutva ideology of the BJP, which has inflicted a series of electoral defeats to India’s grand old party.

Khandwa Superintendent of Police Siddharth Bahuguna:

When our team reached the spot around 1.30 am, we found the cow carcass, but the accused managed to escape. Two of them, Nadeem and Shakeel, were arrested the same day, while the third accused, Azam, was taken into custody on Monday.”

In December, the Congress had managed to end the 15-year-old rule of the BJP in Madhya Pradesh with Kamal Nath being sworn in as the new chief minister of the state. Nath has been accused of embarking on a soft Hindutva agenda after becoming the chief minister.

A report by newsclick website earlier this month said that Nath had announced construction of 1,000 gaushala (cow sheds) in the next four months at the cost of Rs 450 crore, and hike in allowance for cow fodder to gaushalas – from Rs 4.50 to Rs 20 per day. The MP government has also revoked the previous government’s plan to build a golf course on the 100-acre cow grazing land in Bhopal.

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