Three shops selling meat and fish were set ablaze by unidentified persons in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh, triggering panic in the area, the police said on Wednesday.
The incident comes two days after BJP leader Yogi Adityanath was sworn in as chief minister. Adityanath has campaigned aggressively against slaughterhouses. Police said the arson incident took place in Manyawar Kanshiram Colony on Tuesday night. The shop owners said all their stock was charred in the fire.
Dilip Kumar Srivastava, superintendent of police, Hathras, said, “Unidentified persons set ablaze three shops selling fish and meat. An FIR has been registered against them”. Sub-divisional magistrate (Hathras Sadar) Rakesh Gupta later met the aggrieved shop owners and heard their grievances.
These shops belong to daily wage traders who belong to Quraishi community.
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The BJP had announced in its manifesto that it would take “stern steps to close down all illegal slaughterhouses besides banning mechanised slaughterhouses” if it comes to power.
On Tuesday, an alleged illegal slaughterhouse was sealed by the district authorities in Kamalgadaha locality. Officials claimed that the slaughterhouse had been shut in 2012, but it continued to operate in a clandestine manner. The Ghaziabad police had on Tuesday sealed ten meat shops and four slaughter houses which were allegedly running illegally in the city.
(With PTI inputs)