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Gurgaon eateries stand up to meat protesters, will serve non-veg

Pub owners and meat shop operators in Gurgaon said they will continue to serve non-veg and take the help of the administration and police in the event of trouble

gurgaon Updated: Apr 06, 2017 12:31 IST
Kartik Kumar
Kartik Kumar
Hindustan Times
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Closed meat shops in Gurgaon on Wednesday.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

A day after Shiv Sena members closed an outlet of popular fast food chain, KFC, in Sector 14 and several meat shops for selling non-vegetarian food during Navratri, pub owners, meat shop owners and hotel officials said they would continue to serve meat at their joints and will take district administration and police’s assistance in the event of any retaliation.

“What happened (closing of fast food chain and meat shops) is sad. A political party is attempting to gain recognition and attention through such acts. However, we will continue to serve non-vegetarian products as I am hopeful that the district administration will rein in any such attempts in the future and stop such unsavoury incidents from making headlines. This is a one-off incident,” Vikram Rana, owner and director of Vapour Pub & Breweries, said.

Similarly, Purshotam Sharma, an assistant manager at Citrus hotel in Sector 29, said that food is delivered to customers as per their orders and the dishes include special Navratri preparations. He said the drive against outlets selling non-vegetarian food is a non-issue and won’t have any impact on their business.

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“Our clients place their orders and pay for the food they have. Neither we, nor our customers have any disregard for religious sentiments. The protests by (alleged) Shiv Sena workers were directed at certain restaurants and meat shops. We are reasonably hopeful that hotels will not be targeted. If there is any protest or trouble, we will take the police’s assistance and handle the situation,” Purshotam said.

Abdul Kazmi has been running his meat shop on Khandsa road since the last 23 years. Abdul claims due to his relations with the locals, officials in the administration and the police, he doesn’t anticipate any trouble from Shiv Sena activists and his shop will be spared even if they stir up trouble there.

“There have been instances of violence in the past, but my shop remained unaffected. Those living in the neighbourhood have been buying meat products from my shop since they were kids and many of them now hold top posts in the police and administration. I am still on good terms with them and will seek their help in the event of trouble,” Abdul said.

First Published: Mar 29, 2017 23:35 IST