The Budaun district authorities have recommended slapping the stringent National Security Act (NSA) on 11 men arrested in connection with alleged cow slaughter, officials said on Friday. The district police had recommended the NSA against the accused, who were held here earlier this month, and the administration has given its go ahead, Superintendent of Police, Budaun, Sankalp Sharma said.
He added that proceedings have been completed at the district level and a report sent to the state government for its approval. Under the NSA, an accused can be detained for up to a period of one year, subject to review by a high court every three months.
According to officials, the 11 men were arrested while slaughtering cows in a sugarcane farm near a village in Binawar police station area in Uttar Pradesh on October 8. The accused, allegedly linked to an illegal meat supply racket, were then produced in a local court and sent to jail, they said. "The accused were booked under the provisions of the Cow Slaughter Act and also under the Indian Penal Code section 307 (attempted murder) and sent to jail. Now, the NSA has been ordered against them, said Sharma.
Those arrested were identified as Qaisar Ali, Munawwar, Munne, Zareebul, Asaluddin, Taufiq, Sakaruddin, Niyaz Ahmad, Fakaruddin, Kasamuddin and Aabad Mohammad, the police said.