Maharashtra beef advisory: No raids by gau rakshaks, case only after tests

In 2015, the state government amended provisions of the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act, 2015, to make the sale and transport of beef illegal. Under new law, anyone found selling or possessing beef can be jailed for up to five years.

Written by Rashmi Rajput | Mumbai | Updated: July 3, 2017 1:46 pm
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AMID a string of lynchings linked to the trade and transport of cattle in various parts of the country, the Maharashtra Police have directed their officers to ensure that “cow vigilantes” do not take the law into their hands and harass meat traders or transporters. While a circular in this regard has been sent statewide from the office of the Maharashtra DGP, Mumbai Police recently issued an advisory to their 94 stations asking officers to ensure that the beef ban legislation is not “misused”.

In 2015, the state government amended provisions of the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act, 2015, to make the sale and transport of beef illegal. Under the new law, anyone found selling or possessing beef can be jailed for up to five years, apart from being fined.

“Generally, information pertaining to the ferrying of beef is shared by so-called cow vigilantes or gau rakshaks. These people expect that as soon as the information is shared, police would act and register a case under the beef ban legislation. Since it’s a topic that could flare into a communal situation, we have asked police units to deal with these cases sensitively,” said a Home Department official.

“Police should lodge a complaint under provisions of the local civic body law first, which allows for the prosecution of people who ferry any kind of illegal meat. Under the BMC Act, the meat has to be sent for testing first. We have asked units to invoke stringent sections of the newly amended legislation only when the forensic science lab confirms that the meat seized is beef,” said the official.

The circular issued by the DGP’s office directs policemen to ensure that “gau rakshaks” do not carry out any “suo motu raids”. It states that if anyone has any information on beef being ferried or bovines being butchered, it should first be conveyed to the local police station for the duty officer to conduct raids, if needed.

“Policemen have been informed that if there is information on beef being transported in public vehicles, the raids shouldn’t cause inconvenience to fellow passengers,” said the official.

Mumbai Police’s advisory, on similar lines, states that upon receiving any complaint of beef being ferried inside city limits, a case should be registered under the new law only after the samples are tested at the forensic science lab.

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            ram
            Jul 3, 2017 at 12:55 pm
            Ban all these goon groups. Ban all fake cow vigilantes group. Book all lynching accused under POTA.
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              prakash
              Jul 3, 2017 at 12:43 pm
              Pls take stringent actions against COw killers as Per law and also charge sedition case against Cow terrorists killing Indians in thé name of COw.
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                ah
                Jul 3, 2017 at 12:12 pm
                hindu A holes ............. are diverting attention from stupid govt. moves to Muslims in General ........... their very existence depend up on Muslims ................. there are Rapes and Murders of DALITS BUT they prefer COWS, there is CASTE system and dowry deaths BUT they prefer Triple Talaq, there are fake encounters of Tribal and Muslims but they prefer Azaan on Loud Speakers .................. one thing is CLEAR to all MF manuwaadis have come out of their HIDING places, now only COUNTER move remains from INDIANS ..................... including all those who want Cons ution instead of MANUSMRUTI ...................
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                  AlsoIndian
                  Jul 3, 2017 at 11:17 am
                  This is not to hurt the feelings of the Hindus, but just to shed light on the REALITY. The Police, BJP workers and many cow terrorists (or Rakshaks) are all hand in gloves with those butchers slaughtering cows. They rather facilitate it. The farmers are desperate to sell their old and infertile cows at a low price because it is important for them to feed their children (than feeding the unproductive cows). When the beef consumption was not prohibited, I never saw any Muslims in my area willing to kill a cow for meat. Yes, they ate bull meat. However, since the old or infertile cows are sold by the farmers quietly to the butchers are a very low price, some butchers may kill a cow for making extra money and sell the meat as bull meat.
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                    sunny
                    Jul 3, 2017 at 12:23 pm
                    This is the reality, beef eaters like tender beef not old cow meat. In my village also old cow meat is mixed with bull and made a cut or loot public
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