Allahabad HC orders UP govt to resolve slaughterhouse issue by July 17
Lucknow: Taking a dig at Uttar Pradesh government's order to ban illegal slaughterhouses, the Allahabad High Court on Friday asked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government to find out a solution to the issue before July 17.
Heading a petition against the closer of slaughterhouses, the court asserted that the government cannot take away the right of people to eat non-vegetarian food.
It may be recalled that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had launched a crackdown on the illegal slaughterhouses immediately after taking over the reins of the state on March 19.
Taking cognizance of the grievances of the people affected due to the government's order, the court ordered the concerned departments of the state government to renew the licences of slaughterhouses and also issue new ones based on the prescribed guidelines.
The court also observed that the local municipal corporations were accountable for constructing slaughterhouses.
HC also ordered all departments related to the matter to appear before it with relevant information on the matter on next hearing in the case on July 17.
There has been a lot of furore ever since the state government ordered a crackdown on slaughterhouses. In its state assembly election manifesto, the BJP had promised to close all illegal slaughterhouses in the state.
When the crackdown began, the authorities began targeting anybody and everybody selling meat. Many small-time vendors of mutton and chicken were forced to close down, following which non-vegetarian food lovers have been facing a lot of inconvenience.