Two persons were arrested and a minor was apprehended and booked in Kenduguri in Assam under the Assam Cattle Preservation Act, 1950 for possessing beef, the police said on Thursday.
According to Police, the daily waged labourers had bought half kilogram beef from somewhere and showed it to a shopkeeper, saying that they would cook it for dinner.
The locals objected to it due to the presence of a temple near Jorhat town and subsequently lodged an FIR against them, Kenduguri police station officer in-charge Prasanta Bhuyan told media.
Police produced the trio before the Court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate on Wednesday. Two of them were remanded to police custody and the minor was sent to the Juvenile Lichubari Observation Home.
Section 5 of the Assam Cattle Preservation Act states that cattle can only be slaughtered by a person who has a valid certificate stating that the animal is fit for slaughter, is over 14 years and has become permanently incapacitated.