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Noida: Non-veg food ‘disappears’ from Kanwar Yatra route

While no explicit instructions were issued by the authorities to keep shops selling meat, chicken and fish as well as eateries serving non-vegetarian food shut, officials said the “directions are implied”.

noida Updated: Jul 20, 2017 23:44 IST
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Thousands of Dak Kanwars throng NH-58 in Ghaziabad on Thursday on the penultimate day of Kanwar yatra. (Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

In view of the ongoing Kanwar yatra, the district administration stepped up security and issued instructions for the peaceful conclusion of the yatra.

While no explicit instructions were issued by the authorities to keep shops selling meat, chicken and fish as well as eateries serving non-vegetarian food shut, officials said the “directions are implied”.

“We have stepped up security and instructions have been issued for the peaceful conclusion of the Kanwar yatra. Any sensitive thing that can be deemed a provocation or hurtful of religious feelings of pilgrims has been kept under check. It is a regular practice every year during religious festivals and pilgrimages,” said Suniti, superintendent of police (Rural), Gautam Budh Nagar. However, no official restriction has been put on serving non-vegetarian food in the district, she said.

“We have asked meat shops on the route of Kanwar yatra to shift their businesses or conceal their outlets from the view of pilgrims to avoid any confrontation,” said Suniti.

Echoing similar views, Kumar Vineet, additional district magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar, who has issued prohibitory order under Section 144, said, “Under Section 144 of CrPC, it is both our right and duty to maintain peace and tranquillity in the district. Given the upsurge of Kanwariyas in the last few years, and given the instances of communal clashes in western Uttar Pradesh, we had issued directives to avoid any untoward incident.”

The orders issued by ADM on July 18 reads: There has been information from various sources that in the near future some anti-social elements may try to disturb law and order and peace in the region. The anti-social elements may try to disrupt peace during Kanwar yatra, on Raksha Bandhan and Independence Day. Hence preventive measures under Section 144 will be in place for two months from July 8.

Following the directions, the food department of the district administration and some police stations in sensitive pockets of the district have carried out inspection in dhabas and asked them not to serve non-vegetarian food until the pilgrimage concludes.

The station house officer of Dadri, Ramsen Singh, said, “People (meat vendors) understand that some acts may hurt religious sentiments of others during religious affairs. Hence, they had themselves shut shops or moved them away from the Kanwar yatra route till the conclusion f the festival.”