Mumbai, March 04, 2015 (PPI-OT): The Indian state, Maharashtra, through legislation has banned cow slaughter in the state, criminalizing the act punishable for five years in prison. The bill banning the cow slaughter in state, pending for the last several years, received the President’s assent, the state finance minister, Sudhir Mungantiwar, said.
A delegation of seven state BJP MPs led by Kirit Somaiya, had met the President in New Delhi recently and submitted a memorandum, seeking assent to the bill. The memorandum said that the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill, 1995, passed during the previous Shiv Sena-BJP regime, was pending for approval for 19 years.
The punishment for the sale of beef or possession of it could be five years imprisonment with an additional fine of Rs 10,000. Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena in its mouth organ ‘Saamna’ asked Muslims to proclaim ‘Vande Mataram’ or leave India.
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