An illegal slaughterhouse in Kamalgadaha area of Varanasi was shut down on Tuesday, a few days after firebrand BJP leader Yogi Adityanath was appointed as the Uttar Pradesh chief minister.
Police said government officials swung into action after receiving a tip-off that animals were being clandestinely slaughtered at the slaughterhouse after dark, even though the facility was officially closed down in 2012. The shutdown order came from district magistrate Yogeshwar Ram Mishra.
“A team of municipal and district-level officials sealed the illegal slaughterhouse in Kamalgadaha area,” said Varanasi mayor Ramgopal Mohale. A team has been constituted to check if any other illegal slaughterhouses are operational in the region, he added.
“Police personnel have been asked to keep a strict vigil on the slaughterhouse,” said Chetganj inspector Anupam Srivastava.
Varanasi has two licensed slaughterhouses in the Kuchehary and Benia areas, but they are currently non-functional due to ongoing modernisation work.
During its assembly election campaign, the BJP had promised to close down all illegal slaughterhouses if it came to power in the state. The party seems to be acting on its promise, with a number of abattoirs across Uttar Pradesh being subjected to raids and shutdowns.