Shivsena ‘s politics over the ban of meat during a Jain festival in Maharashtra had snowballed into a full-scale standoff between the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and its ally.The Sena had censured the Jain community for “indulging in religious games” that could cause serious friction between communities.
And now atleast 500 meat and chicken shops were forcefully shut down by a group of people claiming to be Shiv Sena workers in Gurugram on Thursday in view of the Navratri festival. The party has served notices to every meat shop in the city to remain shut during these 9 days as selling or serving meat during this festival hurt the Hindu sentiments, Shiv Sena spokesperson Ritu Raj told a news channel.
50% of shops in Old Gurugram were already closed, those open were made to close by us: Ritu Raj (Shiv Sena spokesperson, Gurugram wing) pic.twitter.com/Px3dMeEgOR
— ANI (@ANI) September 22, 2017
“We have served notices to every meat and chicken shop. This time we have not served notices to restaurants, such as KFC and other food chains which serve chicken in their restaurants as it is not seen openly.
One will have to face consequences in case he does not follow instructions,” general secretary and spokesperson of Shiv Sena Gurgaon wing Ritu Raj told PTI.
The sainiks also served notices to owners of non-vegetarian food outlets, asking them to close down their shops till the nine-day Navratra is over.
The Shiv Sena workers assembled at Palam Vihar and forced shutdown of meat markets in Surat Nagar, Ashok Vihar, Sector 5 and 9, Pataudi Chowk, Jacobpura, Sadar Bazaar, Khandsa Anaj Mandi, bus stand, DLF area, Sohna and Sector 14 market.
“We had on Tuesday served a memorandum to Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh demanding shutting down of raw meat shops for the next 9 days in view of Navratras but the district administration did not direct the meat shop owners to shut down,” Raj said.