While the heated discussion upon the forensic lab report of meat stored in Muhammad Akhlaq’s house is going on across the nation, the Maharashtra government is planning to come up with some stringent Laws to implement beef ban in the state.
According to a new advertisement appeared in the Commissionerate of Animal Husbandry website, the department is in search for some special officers to take care of implementing beef ban in the state. The website has invited applications for the post of Honorary Animal Welfare Officer, which will come under animal welfare department.
“This office is taking all-out efforts for proper implementation of the law, but it has been noticed in some parts of the state the ban is not being effectively implemented.” The advertisement says.
According to animal husbandry department, the officer in the new post will have to expose the cow slaughtering cases across the state and to find out the illegal beef storages.
Meantime, representatives of Muslim organizations have registered their opposition to the move. “Why does the government want to have a parallel organisation when police are supposed to implement the Act?” said MIM MLA Imitaz Jaleel.
The state has so far witnessed to many incidents of violence regarding beef exportation and consumption including setting ablaze of van containing meet, in the suspicion of beef.
The slaughtering of animals belonging to cow progeny was banned in Maharashtra last year. After the law came to existence, culling of cow is a criminal offence in the state that can be punished with five years jail term. The fine for possession of beef is Rs. 10,000. The Maharahstra high court has upheld the state government rule with a small relaxation on consumption and possession of beef brought from outside of the state.