‘Beef’ seized from a Worli trader last month has turned out to be buffalo meat, according to test results from the Bombay veterinary college at Parel. On May 12, the Worli police had made its first arrest in Mumbai for the alleged violation of the beef ban and booked the trader for operating an “illegal” slaughterhouse.
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The amended animal preservation Act, in force in the state since March, bans the slaughter of cows, bulls and bullocks as well as the consumption and possession of their meat. Violation is punishable with a maximum jail term of five years and a fine of Rs 10,000.
“The result of the PCR-RFLP (Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism) analysis shows that the sample is of buffalo origin. A case has been registered already,” said Vinay Kulkarni, senior police inspector, Worli police. He added that the trader would not be booked under the new law, but the charges against him for operating an illegal slaughterhouse remained.
Police had found nearly 29 kg of animal flesh for sale at a shop near BDD Chawl in Worli and arrested the trader.