Those involved in cow slaughter and illegal transport of milch animals for slaughter will be booked under the stringent National Security Act and Gangsters Act in Uttar Pradesh. "The National Security Act (NSA), 1980 or Gangsters Act must be invoked against criminals indulging in the same", the order said. NSA powers the Police to detain any individual or group upto one year, just on the grounds of suspicion, while in Gangster act, an individual can be imprisoned for two to 10- years along with a fine of Rs 10,000.
The reported six-page directive issued by state police chief has no mention of any action against Gau rakshaks (cow vigilantes) and lynch mobs. They can also issue summons to them for questioning even if no fresh case is lodged. The police can keep such a person in judicial remand for 60 days.
The DGP has given directions to make police station in-charges aware about such trafficking and improve their intelligence networks.
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The DGP has also directed officials to act sternly against vigilantes.
U.P. vice-president of the All India Jamiatul Quresh, Shakeel Qureshi, says that by issuing such orders, the State police were further intimidating those involved in cattle trade.
The notification has triggered protests from various quarters, including the Kerala government and certain BJP leaders in Meghalaya.
The decision against cow slaughter and smuggling is not new, he explained. The notification bans the sale of cattle for culling and also restrains sacrificing the animals for religious purposes.