The problem of detecting beef will now be solved in Maharashtra, as the state police will get specialized kits that will have the capability to detect beef in less than 30 minutes. It may be recalled that killing of cows and calves is banned in Maharashtra under the Maharashtra Animal Preservation Act, 1976. Earlier, when police used to seize meat consignments, samples had to be sent to the laboratory for confirming whether or not the seized meat was beef. This took a lot of time and the accused person had to lose their entire meat supply, since it got deteriorated with time. However now, with the new testing kit, police personnel will be able to carry out on the spot checks to determine whether the meat is beef or not.
Around 45 forensic vehicles will be given this special beef detection kits. Each of these kits cost Rs 8,000 and each kit can test around 100 samples. Police officials said that the new kits will be very useful in checking large consignments of meat. It may be recalled that in the past, the police have seized meat weighing several hundred kilograms at various places in the state. The quick acting kits will also help police to file instant FIRs in case beef is detected.