The Uttar Pradesh Police on Saturday said that only the force and administration officials are authorised to take action against illegal slaughterhouses operating in the state, amid reports of some self-proclaimed persons and groups forcing closure of abattoirs.
UP DGP Javeed Ahmed in a statement said: "Only the police and administration officials would act against illegal slaughterhouses operating in the state and not any self-proclaimed person from the society."
He said that if any person or group other than the UP Police or state administration officials was found taking the law into their own hands, action will be taken against them immediately.
"In any case, no innocent person should be harassed," the DGP said.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) used the issue of slaughter houses in a big way during the election campaign and now it wants to deliver on the promises made.
One of the big promises made by Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in UP was the closure of 'illegal' slaughterhouses including a blanket ban on cow smuggling. The chief minister ordered a blanket ban on smuggling of cows and said zero tolerance would be exercised in this regard.
Since March 19, several slaughter houses have been sealed in Ghaziabad, Allahabad and other parts of the state.
The fear of being shut down is still lingering and it has even compelled many slaughterhouses to close before the government shuts them down or before people bring it down to the ground.