Not only this, penalty for the offense under the amended law has doubled from Rs 50,0000.
Under the Gujarat Animal Preservation Act of 1954, offenders could be punished up to 10 years in jail for transporting cows. The authorities said that the vehicles seized by the government shall stand forfeited to it for use in any manner they wish.
This decision has been taken ahead of the assembly elections in the state in which the BJP aims to garner at least 150 seats. It has become a sort of a prestige issue for the party which has once lost in the assembly polls since 1995.