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UP: Owner issued notice, police report warns of ‘riots-like’ situation if meat shop allowed to stay

The move was based on a report sent by the police which claimed that a “riots-like” situation may arise if the shop is allowed to remain there, said the district food inspector.

Written by Manish Sahu | Lucknow |
October 31, 2018 6:07:08 am
On October 8, police ordered closure of the meat shop after Hindu residents of the village allegedly protested when Khan opened it near his house. (Representational image)

Weeks after police closed down a meat-seller’s shop in Bijnor’s Kasampur Bilauch village amid protests by local residents, the district administration, which had suspended his licence soon after, issued him a notice seeking an explanation as to why he had not fulfiled certain norms.

The move was based on a report sent by the police which claimed that a “riots-like” situation may arise if the shop is allowed to remain there, said the district food inspector, adding that if the meat-seller, Khursheed Khan (35), does not respond to the notice, his licence will be cancelled.

The Indian Express had on October 9 reported about police ordering closure of the meat shop after Hindu residents of the village allegedly protested when Khan opened it near his house. The police had also ordered an inquiry to check whether all formalities were completed and a no-objection certificate (NOC) was obtained from the departments concerned before Khan was issued a licence to sell meat. The food inspector had suspended the licence soon after.

“License was issued to Khursheed Khan after obtaining NOC from concerned authorities including police. Now, the police have sent a report stating that a riots-like situation may occur if a meat shop is opened at Kasampur Bilauch village. Acting on the report, we initially suspended Khursheed’s licence. Information about the same was sent to him recently,” said Food Inspector, Bijnor, Kamlesh Yadav.

He further said, “A district administration team had visited the the site of the shop and found that Khursheed was not meeting some norms. We have issued him a notice and if he does not reply to it, we will cancel his licence. Permission from the police is required to run the meat shop.”

Khan however claimed that neither the police nor district administration had informed him that his licence had been suspended. “Since October 8, I have been regularly visiting the local Shivakalan police station to seek permission to open my meat shop. Policemen ask me to wait for a few more days till the situation returns to normal. On advice of the police, I am also requesting people who staged the protest to allow me open the shop. So far, they have not agreed,” he said, adding that he had not received the notice either.

Station House Officer (SHO) of Shivakalan police station, Aman Singh, said, “On the complaint of local residents, an inquiry was conducted after which a letter was sent to the district food inspector stating that a law and order problem may arise if the meat shop is opened at Kasampur Bilauch.”

Police personnel have been deployed in the village as a precautionary measure.

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