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Last year, the BJP state govt ex­tended a 1976 law that banned cow slaugh­ter and beef pos­ses­sion to bulls and bul­locks, mak­ing sale or con­sump­tion pun­ish­able with a five-year jail term and Rs10,000 fine

This trig­gered a fierce de­bate on ris­ing in­tol­er­ance and free­dom of choice with ac­tivists say­ing the ban un­fairly tar­geted Mus­lims — the big­gest play­ers in the beef in­dus­try and vi­o­lated con­sti­tu­tional rights

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