First arrest made under new law banning beef trade in Mumbai

In what is believed to be the first arrest made in Mumbai made under the new law banning beef trade, the Worli Police have arrested a 56-year-old man for allegedly selling beef illegally in BDD Chawl in South Mumbai.

The incident came to light when a political party took up the issue with Worli police, who then raided an apartment and nabbed the accused.

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The first case after the beef ban in Maharashtra was registered in March at Nasik where three accused were arrested for illegal cow slaughter. This is reportedly the second such case registered wherein beef was being sold illegally. The accused has been identified as Mohommad Akram Yasin Qureshi, who was selling the meat from a small house in BDD chawl.

The accused in his statement to police stated that he had bought the meat from Deonar slaughter house in the morning.

Police Inspector Jayendra Sawant from Worli police station said, "The accused was found with illegal possession of 29 kilograms of beef inside his residence, from where the accused sold it illegally. He claimed that he had bought it in the morning from Deonar. He even showed us the receipt.”

“We are now trying to verify the meat. Whether it is of cow, buffalo or it’s normal meat,” added Sawant.

The arrested accused has been booked under sections 6 and 9 (A) of Maharashtra Animal Protection act along with sections 10, 114 under BMC Act and 115 and 117 of Maharashtra Police Act.

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