Several NGOs and traders protested against the move stating that it was hampering the livelihood of many. The new directive issued by the urban administration department instructed all civic bodies and municipalities to keep the slaughter houses and meat shops shut.
The order boldly stated "The two days will be decided by the district collectors". The ban came at a time when similar orders were passed in Mumbai and Rajasthan, which evoked widespread criticism, especially from BJP's ally Shiv Sena.
President of Muslim body Seeratun-Nabi Committee Nauman Akram Hamid said,"The state government's decision is unjustified...We respect all religions. Those who have any issue against meat should avoid going through the place where it is sold".
This is the second consecutive year when the Chhattisgarh government has imposed a ban on meat during the Jain festival. The Rajasthan government, meanwhile, has ordered a ban on meat and fish on September 17 (Paryushan), 18 (Sanvatsari - another Jain festival) and 27 (Anant Chaturdashi).