Gujarat, July 20: The Gujarat police held four Muslim men on Wednesday, for allegedly killing a cow, and booked them under the stringent Gujarat Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act 2017 – which provides for a life term for slaughtering a cow.
According to the police, the four men killed ” the cow, which had entered their cattle shed in Maanpur village of Banaskantha district. The men would be booked under the stringent Gujarat Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act 2017, PTI reported.
The arrested men are identified as Aiyub Vagadiya, Jamaluddin Vagadiya, Arif Vagadiya and Israilbhai Vagadiya of Maanpur village.
The arrests were made after a complaint by Kansa village resident Raghabhai Bumadiya, who approached Danta taluka police station on 18 July and alleged that the accused had killed one of his cows after it entered their cattle shed.
In his complaint, Raghabhai claimed his son had taken their cows and goats for grazing to the neighbouring Maanpur village on 18 July. As some of the cows inadvertently entered into a cattle shed, four members of the family confronted Raghabhai’s son and scolded him.
“Though his son tendered an apology, the accused attacked one of the cows in a fit of rage and killed the animal using sticks, choppers and axe. Based on his complaint, we lodged a case yesterday (18 July) for killing the cattle under section 429 of the Indian Penal Code and the Gujarat Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act-2017,” said Vala, adding that the four were arrested on 19 July, AR Vala, Police Sub-Inspector.
“Since the new Act against cow slaughter has come into force recently, all these accused will be tried under sections 8 and 10 of the Act,” said Vala.
The Gujarat Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill, 2017 was approved by the state assembly on 31 March. Under the amended Act, those found to be involved in the slaughter of bovines, including cows, calves, bulls and bullocks can be awarded a sentence of not less than 10 years in jail, which can extend up to life term.
In the previous Act, which was in place since 2011, the maximum sentence for such crimes was seven years.