"The police is doing its duty by preventing people to come out during lockdown. There have been incidents in the state in which policemen were attacked by people. To deter such persons, it has been decided to invoke NSA against such persons," a senior Home Department official told PTI.
He was granted bail on February 10 after paying a bond worth Rs 60,000 but continues to be lodged in Mathura jail because of the NSA slapped on him.
The development comes against the background of aggressive protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in New Delhi and the forthcoming assembly elections, scheduled for February 8.
FIRs have been filed against dozens under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the "National Security Act (NSA) will also be invoked on those who are being identified by us through available mobile videos to us", Meerut's SSP said.
The trio, identified as Shakeel, Nadeem and Azam, were sent to jail by a local court on February 5.