Three shops selling meat and fish were allegedly set on fire by unidentified persons in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh, triggering panic in the area, police said on Wednesday.
The incident comes close on the heels of some slaughter houses being sealed in the state after the BJP government led by Yogi Adityanath was sworn in on Sunday.
Police said the incident took place in Manyawar Kanshiram Colony on Tuesday night. The shop owners said all their stock was charred in the fire.
“Unidentified persons set ablaze three shops selling fish and meat. An FIR has been registered against them, ” said Dilip Kumar Srivastava, the Hathras SP.
Sub-divisional magistrate (Hathras Sadar) Rakesh Gupta later met the shop owners and heard their grievances.
The BJP, which swept to power in Uttar Pradesh in the recently-held assembly election, 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, a slaughterhouse, which was allegedly being run illegally, was sealed by the district authorities in Kamalgadaha locality. Officials claimed that the slaughterhouse had been shutdown in 2012, but it continued to operate in a clandestine manner.
The Ghaziabad Police had also sealed 10 meat shops and four slaughter houses which were allegedly running illegally in the city.