UP meat row: BJP asserts crackdown only on 'illegal slaughterhouses'
With meat sellers in Uttar Pradesh calling for an indefinite strike against the crackdown on slaughterhouses, State Minister Siddharth Nath Singh on Monday said the government is acting only against 'illegal slaughterhouses'.
He urged people not to believe in rumours being spread on the social media, said reports.
Action being taken against illegal slaughterhouses only, legal slaughterhouses should continue to follow regulations: SN Singh, UP Minister pic.twitter.com/iMeT7f8ziL— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) March 27, 2017
No orders given by the govt. to close down shops selling Chicken&Eggs.Do not believe news of it going around on social media: SN Singh pic.twitter.com/Yc6AR8f4Cw— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) March 27, 2017
After Adityanath Yogi took over as the chief minister, he ordered the closure of illegal slaughterhouses and ensured a strict enforcement of the ban on cow smuggling.
This has lead to an acute shortage of meat across the state.
On Sunday, three persons were also arrested for illegal slaughter after over 20 kg of meat was seized from their house at Madhavi village in Shamli district.
Such was the impact that, Lucknow's famous Tunday Kababi and Rahim's have shifted to mutton and chicken dishes after buffalo meat became scarce.
Shops in Azad market area, Qaiserbagh market in Lucknow, Atala in Allahabad and parts of Varanasi saw meat shops down shutters as early as Friday afternoon.
The traders' association claims that crackdown on illegal slaughter houses has impacted the livelihood of those who are dependent on them and the strike is in solidarity with them.