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Grand Trunk Road: As kanwariyas enter, shops selling eggs, meat closed down

“Some sensitive spots have been identified where there are possibilities of clashes. In order to prevent any untoward incident, stalls selling objectionable items have been asked to close down till the kanwar yatra ends,” police said.

Written by Aditi Vatsa | Dadri | Published: July 21, 2017 4:17 am
Grand Trunk Road, kanwar yatra, kanwar yatra dadri, dadri, meat, meat shops, non vegetarian food, beef ban, indian express Meat shops shut in Dadri, Greater Noida, on Thursday. (Express/Gajendra Yadav)

On Thursday afternoon, a portion of the Grand Trunk Road – that connects Dadri and Ghaziabad — could only be accessed by vehicles brimming with kanwariyas, and shops selling “objectionable items” or meat and egg dishes were shuttered down. “All shops selling meat, eggs, fish have been closed down by the police. This happened on Wednesday.

They conducted checks in the area, visited dhabas as well as food stalls which sell eggs and bread. The dhaba owners were asked to stop selling non-vegetarian food till the time this kanwar yatra is on. Stalls were removed from the road. Non-vegetarian food is part of our staple diet,” said Mohammad Azad, a resident of Nai Abadi area in Dadri.

The reason, police explained, was to prevent the occurrence of any “untoward incident”. While maintaining that it was a “routine measure”, Gautam Buddha Nagar SP (Rural) Suniti said, “This happens every year at the time of kanwar yatra. Some sensitive spots have been identified where there are possibilities of clashes. In order to prevent any untoward incident, stalls selling objectionable items have been asked to close down till the kanwar yatra ends.”

Arif, who works at a butcher shop in Dadri which has been closed, said, “For the last few months, our business has been affected and we have been trying to earn a livelihood amid fear. We do not know when our shops might get closed down. First, there was a crackdown on meat shops, checks conducted on whether beef was being sold. Back then, many people had to close their shops for quite a long time. Now, the administration has taken this decision to prevent any clash, but our business will suffer once again.”

The “sensitive” areas include portions of the Grand Trunk Road, especially those near Dadri, part of Jewar-Bulandshahr highway and areas in Rabupura. “We have asked some shop owners to cover their shops and hawkers have been asked to move from the route taken by kanwariyas to bylanes or another road,” the district’s SP (Rural) said.

Last year, members of a cow protection group had tried to forcibly shut down meat shops in the area. The development took place after the Gau Raksha Hindu Dal’s request to the administration to close down shops selling non-vegetarian food had been turned down. “This year, we had approached the administration with the same demand — close all shops selling meat, fish, eggs and alcohol till Shivaratri. The administration has acted on our request and taken this measure,” said Ved Nagar, President, Gau Raksha Hindu Dal.

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  1. Sammy Gill
    Jul 21, 2017 at 8:30 pm
    And you think this is India ? This is taliban nation where democracy is sham, a drama and biggest staged act ever played. In which democracy - state gave in to protect, to exercise people their freedom and livelihood ? Where in democracy state behaves and acts like some BOUNCER ...this is TALIBAN nation !
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      Ram
      Jul 23, 2017 at 2:45 am
      where is freedom to live for animals my friend? Who gave you right to butcher violently a harmless animal and at it when there are so many other options to survive few of these weeks in respect of devotees of lord Shiva? Asking you to stop drinking alcohol, going to s and avoiding butchering Innocent animals is not losing freedom, but in fact going up in evolutionary scale. it is called being more civilized. Almost opposite of taliban/IS type your fellows who are going back in evolution. Dont confuse the two. There was time humans were enslaved and sold as commodities. we moved to better civilization to stop it. I am sure many slave owners then complained like you about loosing their freedom in kidnapping omly people and selling them to make ment'living'! After human rights era, now we should move to animal rights era. Only Indian sanatana dharmas can lead such evolutionary uplift.
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    2. Abansal Spslt
      Jul 21, 2017 at 8:04 pm
      This is appeasing the kanwar yatris. What if tomorrow our Jain brothers and sisters demand banning onion and garlic, and closing of restaurants after sunset - what then?
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        Ram
        Jul 23, 2017 at 2:48 am
        Do it! It is always hard to evolve in to a better species, but it is part of evolution. otherwise you will be living in caves eating raw meat in herds opposing all changes in the name of freedom to live as savage!
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      2. Abby Normal
        Jul 21, 2017 at 3:21 pm
        Will they get compensation for that?
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          Kaddakk Whisky wallaa
          Jul 21, 2017 at 12:49 pm
          Yeah saab kanwaadiyee, awarra, laffangaaey, berozgaar lunghaad haii. yy awaraagardii aurr mufttkhorri kaeyy liyee yeah farjii drama kartaeyy haii. Inn sabb salleyy kanwaadiyoo kaeyy tadoo paeyy 4-4 danndaeyy maarr kaarr bhagaoo haramkhoro ko.
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            ladu
            Jul 21, 2017 at 12:09 pm
            So there is a law and order problem by vegetarians ? We were always told that it is the non-vegetarians who cause violence in killing animals. Only in India is it the reverse. Violent vegetarians. More violence from the religious than the non-religious. Modi government fears goons and arrests the innocent. Ache din really has come.
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              SANKAR
              Jul 22, 2017 at 3:49 pm
              ladu thu lau000da hai.madaarrrr...ch0000000d............
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                SANKAR
                Jul 22, 2017 at 3:51 pm
                ladu tu lau0000da hai maaaaaaaadar ch000d
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