TDN World Desk: A district court in Gujrat’s Rajkot sentenced one person to 10-year imprisonment and fined over 1 lakh under the Gujrat Animal Preservation (Amendment) act 2017.

On January 29 Sattar Koliya, a resident of Radulpur, near Upleta road lodged a complaint against his neighbour Salim Kader Markani for stealing calf. Koliya allegedl that the calf that he raised with the affection and care of a daughter has been stolen by Markani who killed the calf and cooked biryani with the beef in his daughter’s wedding.

Following the complaint police initiated an investigation. Sample of that Biryani was collected and sent to a forensic lab. Based on the forensic result and witness testimonies police filed a chargesheet and commited the case to trial in April.

As reported by Deccan Chronicle, additional sessions judge H A Dave while pronouncing order on Saturday, said : ” The allegation proved against this accused is that he stole a two-year-old calf of the complainant and slaughtered it. Killing a cow’s progeny hurts religious sentiments of a particular community and cows cause good impact on environment. Keeping in mind all these reasons, the government has brought stringent law against cow slaughter.”

Salim Markani is a contractual worker of SBI. He drives car for the banking firm.

In 2017 Gujrat assembly passed the Gujrat Animal Preservation ( Amendment) Bill by amending Animal Preservation Act, 1954.
Under this new law those found guilty of illegal transportation of a cow, its progeny or beef would face a jail term of seven to 10 years and pay fine of Rs 1 lakh to Rs 5 lakh.