Be careful, do not target legal slaughter houses: UP Govt

RSTV Bureau

As meat sellers across Uttar Pradesh are on an indefinite strike against the crackdown on illegal and mechanised slaughterhouses, the government has asked implementing agencies to cut down their over enthusiasm” in implementing govt’s order.

“We have instructed the police to not misuse power, vigilantism will not be accepted,” said UP Health minister Siddharth Nath Singh.

In a clear statement, the UP government said that action should only be taken only against illegal slaughterhouses and abattoirs operating legally should not be touched.

“No orders were given by the government to close down shops selling chicken & eggs. Do not believe news of it going around on social media,” said Singh.

 A very few customer at Tunday Kababi's outlet in the busy Aminabad area in Lucknow

A very few customer at Tunday Kababi’s outlet in the busy Aminabad area in Lucknow

Stressing on strict implementation of NGT order, the minister said that action will be taken against illegal slaughterhouses.

“Action being taken against illegal slaughterhouses only, legal slaughterhouses should continue to follow regulations,” said Singh.

Fish vendors were also claimed to have resolved to join the stir which has seen non-vegetarian delicacies go off the menu in several parts of the state.

“We have decided to intensify our strike from Monday. All shops will remain closed. Fish sellers too have joined us and are extending support to us,” Lucknow Bakra Gosht Vypar Mandal office bearer Mubeen Qureshi said.

He said, in the wake of the crackdown, there was no question of the strike being called off anytime soon.  “It will go on indefinitely,” he said.

Meanwhile, the UP Government in a statement said that it has not given any orders to close down shops selling chicken & eggs.

UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath

UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath

After coming to power, the Aditya Nath Yogi government has ordered the closure of illegal slaughterhouses and strict enforcement of the ban on cow smuggling to fulfil a key electoral promise.

“Government will not touch those (abattoirs) which are operating as per the provisions of law and have a valid licence. But those that are violating the orders of the NGT and playing with the health of the public would not be spared…,” Chief Minister Aditya Nath Yogi on Sunday.