Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam on Saturday issued an order to ban the sale of raw meat during Navratri. As per the orders, the ban will be in effect from April 2 to April 10.
Hindutva outfits are aggressively campagining in different North Indian states to shut meat shops during the Hindu festival. Reports from Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh shows Hindu nationalist groups protesting with demands to shut meat shops.
“It has been directed by the mayor to maintain cleanliness in temples and to close meat shops during the period. It has been directed that cleanliness be maintained in respective zones, in temples and to ensure meat shops remain closed,” read the order.
The order has been issued in five zones of the district.
Loni MLA Nand Kishor Gurjar had in the past issued several appeals to close meat shops during festivals. In the coming days, shops will remain shut in both urban and rural areas.
In a video circulated on social media, an official can be seen threatening a meat shop workers.