The Gujarat Assembly on Friday passed a bill against cow slaughter in the state with life imprisonment from the present seven-year term.

The bill also stated 10 years of imprisonment for transportation of cows. People in possession of beef will be slapped a fine of Rs.1-5 lakh along with a jail term of 7-10 years.

Earlier, the maximum jail term for possession of cow meat was seven years and minimum of three years with a fine of Rs.50,000.

The state assembly amended the Gujarat Animal Preservation Act of 1954 which was last amended in 2011.

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had earlier said of bringing stringent laws in the state to save cows.

“We had fought a case in the Supreme Court to bring a law in Gujarat to save cows. Now, we want to make this law stricter. We will introduce a bill in the ongoing budget session of the assembly,” Rupani said on March 12 in Junagadh.