The truth behind the shutting of Tunda Kababi in UP
A century old iconic eatery in Lucknow, Tunday Kababi sparked off a social media debate after reports of it being shut down due to beef shortage surfaced. While many blamed the Uttar Pradesh government's crackdown on illegal slaughter houses for the eatery's distress, others countered the claim by sharing pictures of the eatery up and running as usual. Those who visited the eatery claimed that rumours were being spread about it being shut down.
Select media outlets had carried reports of the eatery, that sells close to 60 kgs of beef on a daily basis, shutting down for an entire day due to a shortage of meat. The reports indicated that the century-old eatery was being put under duress by Uttar Pradesh government's crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses that ended up with many mechanised slaughterhouses and illegal meat shops being shut across the state.
While reports elicited outrage on social media against the Uttar Pradesh government, posts countering the claims have also surfaced. One such post said that the shop was shut down for an hour on Wednesday due to delay in procuring raw material but was functioning as usual on Thursday. Speaking to the media on Thursday, the owner of Tunda Kababi said that there was a shortage of black buffalo meat and the shop was making do with chicken. "Steps taken by the chief minister to shut illegal slaughterhouses is praiseworthy, but it should be ensured that licensed ones are not shut. Our business has been severely affected since there is a shortage of mutton and buffalo meat," said Tunday Kababi's Abu Bakr.