On Monday, meat sellers, especially mutton vendors, kept their shops closed on the first day of their indefinite strike against the state-wide crackdown on illegal and mechanised slaughter houses.
Reports from several districts said meat and chicken was not easily available.
In Lucknow, most of the shops selling mutton downed their shutters. They, however, sold chicken, eggs and fish after UP Health Minister Siddhartha Nath Singh clarified that action was being taken only against the illegal abattoirs.
“We are acting only against illegal abattoirs. Licenced slaughter houses are requested to stick to the norms… No orders have been issued to take any action against any shop selling chicken, fish or eggs. They need not to fear,” Siddharth Nath Singh clarified.
He ordered officials not to act in over-enthusiasm or overstep their jurisdiction.
“We are on strike and all the meat shops (mutton) were closed today. There is no question of the strike being called off anytime soon. It will go on indefinitely…The meat sellers are worried over the crackdown on slaughter houses, which has adversely hit the livelihood of lakhs of people,” Mubin Qureshi, an office bearer of the The Lucknow Bakra Gosht Vypar Mandal said.
In eastern UP, shortage of meat, especially mutton, was reported from various places.
The indefinite strike by the meat sellers comes just days after newly instated Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath called for a state-wide ban on illegal slaughter houses.
Interestingly, a ban on illegal slaughter houses was one of the promises made by the BJP in their poll manifesto.
(With inputs from PTI)