ViewsHeadlines Special Correspondent,
Rampur/ Lucknow: Ever since the anointment of Yogi Aditya Nath as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, meat shops and slaughterhouses are facing cracked down in an unprecedented way. In many cities where slaughter houses were never sealed and meat, especially the buffalo meat was available even during curfews, the meat shops are closed for the last one week.
In cities like Rampur, Moradabad, Bareilly, Badaun, Pilibhit, Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Shamli, Amroha, Sambhal in western UP where Muslims form the bulk of the population, meat shops are completely shut down.
Similar is the case of eastern UP where Basti, Gonda, Siddharth Nagar, Gorakhpur, Utraula, Balrampur, Tulsipur, Azamgarh, Mau, Varanasi, Jaunpur and Balia, huge locks are put on the meat shops that could be seen previously closed during Eid and some other festivals. Even in the post-Independence riots too, these places used to have steady supply of beef and mutton. But not any more.
In the by-lanes of Muslim majority Rampur, where people of the Quraish community, as butchers are commonly known, beef was always freely available. While the common people had to keep pace with ever increasing price of the beef, due to the increasing demand from slaughterhouses catering to demand from foreign markets, they never faced its scarcity.
The same is the case of nearby towns of Bareilly and Moradabad. In these two fast expanding cities, the availability of beef was never a problem. In Bareilly beef was easily available everywhere, from neighborhood of Ala Hazrat Ahmad Raza Ali Khan’s mausoleum, to Seyani Road and in the newly developed areas of Fayeq Enclave etc.
But now, despite trying their best, people are finding it close to impossible to get hold of the beef that was always there on their dining tables. While in some places, a few people may be slaughtering the animals deep inside their homes, but in such cases, the price make them out of the reach of most of the people.
Reports suggest that due to unprecedented crackdown on sale and slaughter of beef and continued harassment on the movement of animals, meat sellers across the state have decided to go on indefinite strike from Monday.
Lucknow Bakra Gosht Vypar Mandal office bearer Mubeen Qureshi while talking about the impending strike says, “We have decided to intensify our strike from tomorrow. All shops will remain closed. Fish sellers too have joined us and are extending support to us”. Qureshi added that there was no question of the strike being called off anytime soon. “It will go on indefinitely,” he said. In Lucknow, non-vegetarian food outlets, including the famous Tunday and Rahim have shifted to mutton and chicken dishes after buffalo meat became scarce due to the crackdown.
He went on to add, “The meat sellers are piqued over the crackdown on slaughter houses which has adversely hit the livelihood of lakhs of people”.