After the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh launched a crackdown on ‘illegal slaughterhouses’, meat sellers in the state are going through a massive monetary crisis. Some also told media that their slaughterhouse were forcefully shut down even when they had licenses. To make sure that they keep their body and soul together, the erstwhile butchers have taken to a less blood-curdling business. According to reports three meat sellers in Muzaffarnagar have turned to selling tea for income. They have other, they say ‘legitimate’, grouses too.
“My meat shop has been forcefully closed even when I had proper license. I’m forced to sell tea now,” said Nazakat, a Muzaffarnagar resident. Meat which is an essential part of any Muslim fest, has been taken away and now even during weddings people are finding themselves having to eat vegetables. Forget meat, people say they are being forced to serve vegetarian food at weddings due to shortage of chicken too. In Moradabad, a man failed to serve beef in his daughter’s engagement ceremony. Apparently, the police asked him to make do with chicken, which is not really on top of most people’s favourite meat dishes list.
There does not seem to be a solution in sight as yet. The indefinite strike by the meat industry in UP is still going on even after slaughterhouse owners met UP minister Siddharth Nath Singh on March 19. Singh said that the government is only acting against illegal slaughterhouses and no statement has been issued against chicken, fish or eggs either. Minister said he will take this matter up with UP CM Adityanath. It is now being reported that the industry has been granted an audience with CM Adityanath and that the meeting will hapen today at 6 pm.
The Yogi Adityanath government had promised people of UP that all illegal slaughterhouses will be shut down as soon as Bharatiya Janata Party will come to power. And it acted on its promise on the very next day of Adityanath coming to power. But this has affected many restaurants and shops in UP. For example, the famous Tunday Kababi, in Lucknow has started serving chicken and mutton kebabs instead of their well-known beef ones.
This crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses has spread to Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. In Jharkhand, some illegal slaughterhouses were closed down in Ranchi after a 72-hour ultimatum was given by the state government which ended on Thursday.