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Why Eid al-Adha 2016 is going to be tough for Muslims in Mumbai

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Mumbai: Cow vigilantes or Gau Rakshaks whose number has gone up manifold with the saffron government both at the center and the state, Muslims are finding themselves in a tough position before Eidul Azha or Bakrid. Slaughter of bulls and buffaloes has already been banned in Maharashtra and people are prosecuted even on the pretext of possession of beef.

Now cow vigilantes are even threatening the arrival of lambs and goats to the Deonar Slaughter house in Mumbai before Eidul Azha.

The cow vigilantes have been threatening the animal traders across the state. When Muslim members of the state assembly drew the attention of the chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, he said no one will be allowed to take law in his hands and tough action will be taken against cow vigilantes vitiating the atmosphere in the state.

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A meeting of Muslim MLAs with the chief minister and his top officials was held at Sehadiri Guest House in the state. The meeting was attended by Muslim MLAs including Muhammad Arif Nasim Khan, Abu Asim Azmi, Amin Patel, Waris Pathan, Aslam Shaikh, Mumbai BJP President Ashish Shela, vice president, minister for minority affairs Vinod Tawde, animal husbandry minister Mahadev Jankar, Director General of Police Satish Mathur, Mumbai Police Commissioner Datta Padsalgikar and Thane Police Commissioner.

In the course of the meeting the chief minister asked state officials to thwart nefarious planning of anti-social elements across the state and ensure that Muslims are able to enjoy a peaceful festival that begins on September 13.

While addressing the meeting former minister of minority affairs Muhammad Arif Nasim Khan said that anti-social elements, in the garb of cow vigilantes have established illegal pickets across the state. Such elements threaten animal traders and charge hefty amount for allowing the movement of animals including lamb and goats. This creates fear among the traders and uselessly causes the price of animals to go up substantially. He said that this is the main reason for the skyrocketing of sacrificial animals in the state.

He also said that Mumbai High Court has allowed the people living in residential colonies in the city to slaughter one lamb per family within the premises of the societies. But this is not being allowed in many residential housing societies, particularly in those societies where the number of Muslim families is very low. Police doesn’t allow them to slaughter lambs if someone in the society opposes it. (Translated from Inquilab)

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