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Bangalore: Amid noisy uproars in the house, the Karnataka Legislative Assembly passed the controversial cow slaughter ban bill, which provides for stringent punishment for violators and makes the offence cognizable and non-bailable.
After hours of debate on Friday, the bill was passed by voice-vote as the entire opposition trooped into the well of the house and shouted anti-government slogans, branding the BJP government as communal.
The Bill prohibits slaughter of cattle, sale, usage and possession of beef, puts restriction on transport of cattle and also prohibits sale, purchase or disposal of cattle for slaughter.
The offence is punishable with imprisonment not less than one year which may extend up to seven years or fined between Rs 25,000 to Rs 50,000 or both; the second and subsequent offence would attract a fine of not less than Rs 50,000 and up to Rs 1 lakh, besides imprisonment.
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