Dehradun [Uttarakhand], Apr. 8 : The Uttarakhand Government on Saturday launched raids on illegal slaughterhouses in Dehradun. The district authorities and police conducted a joint raid and reportedly shut down the slaughterhouses of those who were operating slaughterhouses without licenses.
Earlier on March 29, similar action were by the authorities when three meat shops were sealed in Haridwar whereas, 11 in Raipur.
A large number of illegal slaughterhouses have already been shut across Uttar Pradesh after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Yogi Adityanath took over as the Chief Minister of the state.
Few days ago, in an official release, the state asked closure of illegal slaughter houses in view of the overall public order, safety and health of the general public.
Slaughter house owners and meat sellers in Uttar Pradesh have closed their shops following an indefinite strike call by different associations.
The strike was against the government's crackdown on illegal slaughter houses and retail meat shops. According to reports, slaughter house owners and meat retailers are also protesting against raids by municipal authorities and police, alleging exploitation by the authorities.
They have complained that they are being raided by police despite valid licenses. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath earlier on Saturday said abattoirs operating legally will not be touched but action will be taken against those being run illegally.
Fish vendors were also claimed to have resolved to join the stir which has seen non-vegetarian delicacies go off the menu in several parts of the state.