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Guru Nanak, Vaswani birth anniversaries: Slaughterhouses in Navsari, Ahmedabad to remain closed

This is for the first time that the Sikh and Sindhi community have made such a demand in Navsari.

All slaughterhouses in Navsari district and Ahmedabad are to remain closed on the birth anniversaries of V L Vaswani and Guru Nanak on Wednesday. The official release from the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation stated that the civic-run slaughter house in Jamalpur area of old city would remain closed on the occasion of 136th birth anniversary of Sindhi spiritual leader V L Vaswani. The Sindhi and Sikh communities gave a memorandum to Navsari collector requesting to shut down the butchers and non-vegetarian food stalls in Navsari.

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This is for the first time that the Sikh and Sindhi community have made such a demand in Navsari. The AMC-run slaughterhouses have been “occasionally” closed on this day following the SC order on the number of days they have to remain closed. Slaughterhouses are closed down in the entire state during Paryushan, Jains’ period of penance. In Ahmedabad, they are shut on Gandhi Jayanti, Ram Navami and Mahavir Jayanti.

The memorandum, given under the banner of Navsari Sindhi Panchayat, was handed to Navsari district collector Remaya Mohan. It requested her to direct complete shutting down of slaughter houses in the district and ban sale of non-veg food sold on roadside stalls. In the memorandum, they stated that Guru Nanakji spread the message of humanity as well as that of eating vegetarian food. The Sindhi and Sikh community people will take out a rally on Wednesday afternoon, across the Navsari town. Navsari Sindhi Panchayat president Mangalal Kanajani said, “We have got positive response from the Navsari district collector. This is for the first time we have made representations to the district administrative officer. We have also demanded that such ban should be imposed on single day on Guru Nanak Jayanti in Navsari for the next five years.” Ahmedabad Sadhu Vaswani Mission chairman Dr Ajit Kukreja said, “The mission had also organised a walk in the city on November 7 against cruelty against animals.”

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First published on: 25-11-2015 at 08:13 IST
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