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Gujarat govt seizes 138kg of beef on daily basis

04 March 2020

INDIA - The Gujarat state government admitted that on average, 138 kg of beef transported in five vehicles are caught by the police department everyday.

Government figures state that 1 lakh kg of beef was caught in the last two years between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2019.

Of the 1,00,490 kg of beef seized, 73,507 kg or 73 percent was seized in Surat and Ahmedabad.

The government said that police also confiscated 3,462 vehicles that were allegedly used to transport beef.

Jitu Chaudhary, the Congress MLA from Kaprada, sought to know if vehicles caught transporting beef had been seized. Minister of state for home Pardipsinh Jadeja said such vehicles become state property and are never released.

Congress MLA Shailesh Parmar said the BJP government was only doing politics in the name of cows. "It appears that the Gujarat Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act 2017 and prohibition laws are not implemented effectively.

"This is why more than 1 lakh kg of beef had been seized in two years and liquor was flowing freely in Kutch and Surat.

"The BJP had been doing politics in the name of cows," said Parmar.

He also said that a vehicle impounded recently for transporting beef belonged to a BJP leader and carried a sticker of the party symbol.

Note: (1 lakh equivalent to 100,000)

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Source: The Times of India

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