Scores of meat shop owners staged a protest at the city magistrate's office in Noida on Thursday against the crackdown on illegal slaughter houses.
The satellite cities of Noida and Greater Noida are facing acute scarcity of meat following the crackdown, which has also resulted in huge losses to the small scale meat sellers. Supported by the Centre of India Trade Unions (CITU), over 100 meat traders demanded review of the government's crackdown on the slaughter houses.
One of the protesters Shakeel Qureshi, who owns a meat shop in Noida, said, "We are in this business from two generations. Our daily bread and butter comes from the meat business. Since the government has started sealing the slaughter houses, we have run out of business. We are struggling to feed our children."
After Yogi Adityanath took oath as the new Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, he ordered a crackdown on illegal slaughter houses in the state. Following his orders, police are taking suo motto steps to close illegal slaughter houses and also illegal meat shops. So far, over a dozen meat shops have been closed in Noida, which were allegedly running without permission.
Momin Qureshi, another meat trader whose Sector 12 shop was shut due to lack of proper documentation, said, "The government should have thought about the livelihoods of those who are in this business. They are shutting the shops but not telling us the ways to restart it. There is no clarity in the policies of the government and if such a situation continues, we will be on the roads soon begging for jobs."