Dairy owner held under NSA for using chemical to make milk products

A dairy plant owner was arrested in Indore city today under the stringent National Security Act (NSA) for allegedly using acetic acid to curdle milk to make products such as cottage cheese.

As much as 70 liters of acetic acid with more than 99 per cent concentration was seized from two dairies located near Polo Ground Industrial Area during raids on Tuesday, Additional District Magistrate (ADM) Abhay Bedekar said. “On an arrest warrant issued by the administration under the NSA, Tikamdas Thadani (52), owner of a dairy plant in the city, was arrested and sent to Central Jail,” said senior police officer Rajendra Soni. Under the NSA, a person can be detained without a charge for up to 12 months if authorities are satisfied that he or she is a threat to the national security or law and order. “The use of acetic acid to curdle milk is prohibited. It can have harmful effects on health,” Mr Bedekar said.