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TNN | New Delhi | March 29, 2017:: A day after Jharkhand followed in the footsteps of UP by clamping down on illegal slaughterhouses, the crackdown spread to four more BJP-ruled states- Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh- on Tuesday. While three meat shops were sealed in Haridwar, 11 were shut in Raipur and one in Indore.
Around 4,000 illegal shops face closure in Jaipur with the civic corporation announcing its crackdown on such shops and slaughterhouses from April. Meat sellers claimed that 950 of these 4,000 shops were authorised, but the corporation did not renew their licences after March 31 last year.
A JMC official said the licences could not be renewed as the municipal body had approved a proposal for increasing the licence fee from Rs 10 to Rs 1,000, but the gazette notification had not been issued till date. This despite the directorate of local bodies clearing the file on licence fee hike and sending it back to JMC. “We are not at fault as we filed applications for renewal of licences. However, our applications were not accepted. We will protest against the JMC’s drive,” said Abdul Raquf Khurshi, president, New Jaipur Meat Association.
Sources in the JMC said that initially, action will be taken against illegal slaughterhouses and meat shops. “Shops which had licences in the past will be spared. However, action will be taken against them if slaughtering is not done as per the law,” said a senior JMC official.
In Haridwar, raids by the administration revealed that out of six shops only three had a valid licence. “The rest three shops were running illegally,” said city magistrate Jai Bharat Singh. Haridwar SSP Krishna Kumar V K told TOI: “The action is being taken on complaints by some people’s representatives, especially in view of Navratra. While meat shops without licences will face action, those operating them legally with valid documents will not be harassed.”
Meanwhile, a day after Ranchi Municipal Corporation clamped down on illegal slaughterhouses, most meat shops remained closed in the city.