Several Hindu organisations have come together to protest against the setting up of slaughter house in Ghanauri Kalan village of Dhuri sub-division in the district.Members of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), Bajrang Dal and Gau Raksha Dal are protesting against the construction of the slaughter house, stating that “it may disturb peace in the region”.
The district administration has, however, assured the agitating members of the Hindu organisations that it will take up the matter with the authorities concerned and stopped the construction work till the verification of licence and other documents.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, Vimal, VHP district president, said, “The Hindu organisations are united in their opposition to the setting up of the slaughter house. Our agitation will continue until the government bans the construction.”
“Following the assurance by the deputy commissioner, we have put our agitation on hold, but resume it if the construction work starts again,” said Vimal.
“The decision over setting up of slaughter houses in the state and several other issues will be taken at a joint meeting of the VHP and Bajrang Dal on January 18 at Kapurthala,” he added.
According to sources, the slaughter house under construction will be spread over 40 bigha in Ghanauri Kalan village.
According to leaders of the Hindu organisations, three people — one from Ludhiana and two from Delhi — have sought the permission from the Punjab government for the setting up of the slaughter house.
When contacted Sunam sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Preneet Kaur Shergil, who has been given the additional charge of Dhuri, said, “The protest has been put on hold for the time being.”
Speaking about the permission for the construction of slaughter house, she said: “They have applied for a no objection certificate (NOC), but I am not sure whether they got it. We have appealed the protesters to raise the issue with the authority concern, while the district administration has forwarded their complaint to the government.”