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Traders threaten to stop sale of fish, chicken too

There may be a complete strike by all those connected with the meat trade, including chicken and fish traders, in the city from Wednesday, reports Jatin Anand.

delhi Updated: Oct 25, 2009 23:34 IST
Jatin Anand

You might have to embrace vegetarianism very soon.

There may be a complete strike by all those connected with the meat trade, including chicken and fish traders, in the city from Wednesday.

The decision was announced even as the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) threatened to revoke the licenses of all those shunning the newly-opened Ghazipur slaughterhouse on Sunday.

A senior official from the civic agency said: “If they do not mend their ways soon, we will have to start canceling their licenses. They will not be able to operate anywhere in the city.”

The latter have now resolved to ensure that no meat products — including chicken and fish — go on sale in the city.

“Our brothers using the chicken and fish mandi located in Ghazipur have consented to join us in solidarity, and will go on strike on Wednesday,” said Mohammad Asif, president of the New Delhi Meat Traders’ Association.

“I want to assure the people that we have resorted to this complete strike because this is our last alternative,” he said.

Announced a day before the Supreme Court is slated to review its decision to seal the Idgah slaughterhouse in Paharganj, the decision was taken at a meeting of all those connected with the city’s meat trade.

The meeting was held at the Idgah Slaughterhouse on Sunday afternoon.

“We will not let the buffalo section at the Idgah slaughterhouse be sealed on the 29th, like the halal and livestock sections,” said Tehseem Quereshi, president of the Livestock Section of the Idgah Slaughterhouse.

“The new slaughterhouse may be more hygienic and efficient, and it may be a dream come true for the private operator running it, but it has no use for us,” said Quereshi.

“An amicable way of resolving the issue would be to renovate the old abattoir and let us be,” said Asif.