A report in DNA says that Maharashtra Police will now procure 'portable cow meat detection kits.' According to the report, the kit will be able to instantly tell if a meat consignment seized from a restaurant or a vehicle is beef (cow or bullock meat) or buffalo meat.
The state's forensic science laboratories get around 100 meat samples for testing every month but the reports take several months or many days. The move is expected to counter several incidents of violence which were triggered due suspected case of beef consumption.
Last year, the Maharashtra government had passed the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act, which bans slaughter of bulls, bullocks. In January, Bombay High Court had upheld the same but had said that mere possession of beef won't invite criminal action.
However, ScoopWhoop News contacted Maharashtra Police as well as Directorate of Forensic Science Laboratory but wasn't able to verify the news.
(Feature image source: PTI)