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Meat Ban: Protests in Mumbai, silent enforcement in Rajasthan, J&K

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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

Mumbai: The ban on meat on the occasion of an important Jain festival caused huge protests in Mumbai on Thursday.

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Paryushan is an 8-day long Jain festival wherein the Jains practice austerity, fasting, and forgiveness. The festival starts from September 11 and ends on September 18.

Earlier in the week, the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had imposed a ban on the sale of meat for four days- September 10, 13, 17 and 18. Similarly, Mira-Bhayander Municipal Corporation in Thane has imposed a complete ban for all 8 days.

Protesting against this, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena on Thursday sold chicken and fish in the Dadar suburb area.

Speaking to media persons, MNS leader and corporator Sandeep Deshpande said: “We challenge the authorities to take action against us… This meat ban is unjustified, violates our fundamental rights, and intended to appease a particular community against the wishes of the huge majority.”

The police detained a dozen protesters and removed the temporary stalls. Though the ban is being enforced almost every year since 1964, this is the first time Mumbai is witnessing street protests against the ban.

The Bombay Mutton Dealers Association (BMDA) has filed a public suit against the ban. Terming the ban “not feasible” in a metropolitan city like Mumbai, a bench headed by Justice Anoop Mohta has directed the civic and state authorities to file affidavits on the issue. The matter will be taken up for the hearing on Friday.

Meanwhile, Rajasthan has enforced the ban quietly without any protest from the public. The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has also upheld the 150-year-old ban on beef in the state.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Shiv Sena Worker To Force Shut Over 500 Meat Seller Shops On Navratri

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Gurgaon, September 22, 2017: Shiv Sena workers allegedly close down over 500 chicken and meat shops on September 21 on account of Navratri festival.

Reportedly, Ritu Raj, general secretary and spokesperson of Shiv Sena Gurgaon said a notice has been served to meat seller in the area and a strict action will be taken if one denies following the instruction. He also stated that no restrictions have been imposed on the big franchise like KFC, McDonald’s which are not operating in open areas.

There has been a raid of force shutdown of meat sellers shop in the areas like Surat Nagar, Palam Vihar, Ashok Vihar, Pataudi Chowk, Jacobpura, Sadar Bazar, Sector 5 and 9,  Khandsa Anaj Mandi, bus stand, DLF area, Sohna and Sector 14 market.

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Raj also stated that a memorandum has been served to the Deputy Commissioner of Gurgaon Vinay Pratap Singh commanding to shut down the raw meat shops for the next 9 days but the district administration did not put a proper response to that.

The matter is been looked upon and any hindrance to the law will not be entertained. In case if Shiv Sena workers forcefully Shut down the meat shops, a severe action will be drawn against them if any grievance is registered in this regards.

– prepared by Abhishek Biswas Twitter: @Writing_desire

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