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 the new law, anyone found selling or possessing beef can be jailed for up to five years, apart from being fined. 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. A circular in this regard has been sent statewide from the office of the Maharashtra DGP.