The Dehradun Municipal Corporation (DMC) has banned animal slaughter and sale of all types of meat in the state capital on Friday on account of Paryushan Parva, officials said on Thursday.
Recently, meat ban in Mumbai had sparked angry protests. Later, the number of the ban days was reduced following a high court order. A similar ban, ranging from two days to a week, is effective in Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh’s Indore district.
In Dehradun, the decision to this effect was taken after a Jain community delegation called on district administration officials a few days ago. Subsequently, the officials referred their demand to the DMC for consideration.
Senior municipal health officer Kailash Gunjyal, who issued the order, said that the single-day ban was an every year affair. “All the meat sellers are being informed about the same,” he said.
However, the decision by the civic body (DMC), dominated by the BJP, has sparked reaction from the ruling Congress party.
Chief minister Harish Rawat’s media incharge Surendra Kumar said such decisions were quite sensitive in nature and should not be politically motivated as they could trigger repercussions.