Gurugram: The Shiv Sena on Tuesday forced shutting down of at least 500 meat shops in Gurugram, including KFC outlets, according to reports. Over 200 Shiv Sena workers in Haryana went to Old Gurugram with notices demanding the shops stay shut till the Navratras get over. They have also threatened the meat and chicken shop owners with notices asking them to keep their shops shut on Tuesdays.
Speaking with media, Shiv Sena leader Ritu Raj said that there was nothing wrong in the step taken by his party’s workers and even warned that those opening their chicken and meat shops during Navratras or on Tuesdays will have to face consequences. He said that they first when to the police, but the police paid no heed to their demands and they, therefore, decided to serve notices to meat and chicken shop owners themselves.
According to an India Today report, the areas targeted by Shiv Sainiks in Gurugram include Palam Vihar, Surat Nagar, Ashok Vihar, Sector 5, 9, Pataudi Chowk, Jacobpura, Sadar Bazaar, Khandsa Anaj Mandi, and also Sector 14 market. The report says that Shiv Sena workers asked customers at KFC outlets to vacate the places so they could shut them down.
The shutdown of meat shops in Gurugram comes at a time when Uttar Pradesh is reeling under an indefinite strike by meat sellers following the crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses. According to reports, five more BJP-ruled states -Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh – have also begun crackdown on ‘illegal’ meat shops. Reports say Jharkhand clamped down on illegal slaughterhouses on Monday, three meat shops were sealed in Haridwar on Tuesday whereas 11 came under the axe in Raipur. One shop was also shut down in Indore. Apart from this, around 4,000 illegal shops faced closure in Jaipur with the civic corporation announcing its crackdown on such shops and slaughterhouses from April.
Meanwhile, meat sellers in Uttar Pradesh met Minister Siddharth Nath Singh on Tuesday to find out a solution to licence renewal to run their business as usual.