UP CM asks cops to make action plan for closure of slaughter houses

Pan, tobacco banned in schools, colleges, govt hospitals "Anti-Romeo" squads hit the streets
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22 Mar 2017

In line with the BJP's election manifesto, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath today directed police officials to prepare an action plan for closure of slaughter houses across the state.

The Lucknow Municipal Corporation soon swung into action and sealed nine meat shops in the state capital. Adityanath also asked officials to ensure a blanket ban on smuggling of cows and said zero tolerance would be exercised in this regard, official sources said. The sources, however, did not specify the type of slaughter houses which will be shut. The BJP manifesto had said that all the illegal slaughter houses would be closed and there would be a blanket ban on all the mechanised slaughter houses.

While police and municipal authorities across the state have already started to crack down on illegal slaughter houses across the state with raids on many such units in most of the districts, the Lucknow Municipal Corporation today sealed nine meat shops in Mahanagar and Aliganj.
As per the LMC's estimate, there are approximately 200-250 meat shops that are running illegally in the city of Nawabs where foodies flock for mouthwatering 'kebabs' (a grilled meat dish). Besides, not a single slaughter house in the city is authorised to function as the four the state capital had were all issued closure notices by the UP Pollution Control Board between 2013 and 2015. One, which existed in the cantonment area, was sealed by the cantonment board, while the other three were in Motijheel, Aminabad and Kasaibada areas here.

"There are shops running in shanties which are not following norms. Such shops need to be regulated or closed down," chief veterinary officer LMC AK Rao said. Livid at the sight of betel juice stained walls of the building that houses his office, the chief minister today banned the use of pan and tobacco products in schools, colleges, hospitals and other government buldings. On his first visit to the secretariat annexe building here, the chief minister gave a piece of his mind to officials there asking them to stop chewing pan and pan masala when on duty.

Adityanath was visibly put off when he saw betel-juice stained walls of the building which is known as Lal Bahadur Shastri Bhawan and houses the chief minister's office and his secretariat, offices of the state chief secretary, principal secretary (home) and other senior IAS officers. A few hours later, the chief minister directed officials to enforce a ban on the use of pan and tobacco in schools, colleges, government hospitals and hospitals. He also prohibited the use of plastic in government offices.

"The chief minister visited all the floors of the annexe building and met officials posted there. After detecting betel stains on walls, he asked employees not to consume pan or pan masala during duty hours and ensure cleanliness," deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, who accompanied Yogi, said. Adityanath also asked the the staff to make the atmosphere in the building healthy and clean by avoiding the use of plastic, Maurya told newspersons.

Meanwhile, "anti- Romeo" squads of policemen today fanned out across Uttar Pradesh on the orders of the new chief minister, fulfilling a pre-poll pledge of the BJP to check eve-teasing. But the police campaign aimed at ensuring safety of women, especially young girls was reportedly marked by some stray cases of harassment of innocent youths amid concerns that it could spawn moral policing. Special squads comprising cops from local police stations kept a vigil at markets, malls, schools, colleges, coaching centres, parks and other crowded places to see if women were being harassed.

The squad detained five persons in Pilibhit today, UP police said in Lucknow. At a few places in the state, some youths were made to do sit-ups at busy crossings holding their ears and taking pledge not to indulge in eve-teasing.
"The idea is that there should not be any harassment to women," senior SP Barabanki, Vaibhav Krishna said, making it clear that it should not be construed as moral policing amid suggestions that the way the squads functioned blurs the line between crime control and moral policing.