Days after arresting two Muslim youths from Mumbai for allegedly sharing and ‘liking’ what is presumed to be a derogatory post against goddess Kali on Facebook, the Bhopal police on Monday invoked the National Security Act (NSA) against the duo.
Bhopal police, in a joint operation with the Mumbai police’s Crime Branch, had arrested Abdul Qayoom Qureshi and Ali Shaikh from Antop Hill area of the metropolis after Hindu organisations here warned about backlash over the posts.
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After a day’s police remand, the two were sent to Bhopal Central Jail. The NSA orders were served on them in the jail on Monday. “Their action created communal tension. The NSA order means they will be detained for 60 days before their appeal is heard,’’ Gautam Nagar Police Station in-charge Mukhtar Qureshi told The Indian Express.
A local court has already rejected the arrested duo’s bail plea; another plea is likely to come up on Tuesday.