Amid growing controversy over the beef ban and the violent attacks by the cow vigilantes, Maharashtra forensic laboratory is believed to have prepared meat detection kits that can give results of the sample in less than 30 minutes.

Reportedly, the lab promises to give safe results by detecting the protein in the meat sample to determine the result.

The kit is slated to be provided to the police to check if the meat seized is of a cow or not, say officials.

Dr Krishan Kulkarni, Director In-charge of Forensic Science Laboratory, assured that each kit made by their lab can test at least 100 samples and will be given to 45 forensic vehicles in the initial run.

The meat detection kit is expected to cost around Rs 800 for Maharashtra Police.

Kulkarni also maintained that at present the kit is launched only to assist spot detection of seized meat sample for the police officials and the sample will be further sent to a laboratory for testing. “We are going to launch a kit for on the spot detection of the presence of Cow meat in a simple way. It is only for the screening test, the samples will be sent to the laboratory for DNA report,” he said.

As of now the kits will be only available in Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur and will be extended to Nashik and Aurangabad in the later stages.

The BJP government in the state has amended provisions to the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act, 2015, to ban the sale and transport of beef. The state has already implemented a total ban on beef in Maharashtra operational for over years now.