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Right wing bodies close meat shops in Gurgaon citing Navratri, no complaints yet

The leaders of the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Kranti Dal (ABHKD) threatened to escalate their action if the authorities continued to ‘ignore their plea’.

gurgaon Updated: Sep 22, 2017 13:34 IST
Kartik Kumar
Kartik Kumar
Hindustan Times
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Meat shops in Rajiv Nagar and Sanjay Gram colony in Sector 13 were closed. No violence was reported from the area.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

After sending letters to the authorities earlier this month and threatening to close down meat shops during the Navratri period, a right-wing organisation shut a few meat shops in Sector 13 on Thursday.

The meat shops were closed in Rajiv Nagar and Sanjay Gram colony in Sector 13. No violence was reported from the area.

The leaders of the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Kranti Dal (ABHKD) threatened to escalate their action if the authorities continued to ‘ignore their plea’.

Incidentally, Shiv Sena members had also forced around 300 meat shops, including KFC outlets in Sector 14, to close in Gurgaon last year during Navratri celebrations.

“We had sent letters to the MCG (Municipal Corporation of Gurugram) and district administration officials to prohibit sale of meat during Navratri. However, they failed to act,and, hence we have started asking meat owners to shut shop from today,” Chetan Sharma, general secretary of ABHKD said.

Chetan added that if the MCG or district administration officials do not sent notice to meat owners, then the outfit will carry out a full scale protest against them and start taking ‘matters into their hands’.

“My operations are limited during the Navratri period as sale of meat is low anyway. When the dal (ABHKD) members urged me to close my shop, I complied as a safety precaution. Unless authorities guarantee some safety, I’ll prefer to shut my shop during this period.” Arif, a meat seller, said.

Deputy commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh had stated that meat owners would not be stopped from selling meat.

“No complaints have been received by my office so far. The district administration will act after examining the complaints, if any.”

The organisation came to notice last year after its threats led to the cancellation of Pakistani singer Atif Aslam’s concert.

First Published: Sep 21, 2017 21:53 IST