While it has been banning the sale of meat on Samvatsari — the last day of Jain festival Paryushan — since 2002, the Ludhiana administration strictly enforced its orders on Thursday. The municipal committee allotted a special team to Jain community representatives, who toured the city to check the imposition of the ban.
In the process, the MC issued challans to three Reliance Fresh stores, on Kailash Cinema Road, Mohar Singh Nagar and Kidwai Nagar, for selling eggs. The MC claimed it had the bills from complainants who bought the eggs from the Reliance Fresh stores.
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An EasyDay store in Mohar Singh Nagar was also booked because it was found to be selling frozen ‘Punjabi Tikka Chicken’ and because it kept vegetarian and non-vegetarian food in the same fridge. Apart from this, a meat shop at Damoria bridge was booked for cooking chicken while the MC team ‘destroyed’ 100 eggs (two trays each) in shops at Haibowal and Jawahar Nagar.
Rakesh Jain, joint coordinator, Vishwa Jain Sangathan- Punjab chapter, said: “Each year we face difficulty in checking the implementation of the ban and would wait for the MC team to arrive whenever there was a violation. This year, however, the MC allotted us a team which toured the city with us, resulting in a stricter ban”.
Sandeep Jain, state coordinator of the body said: “This ban has been imposed since 2002 in Ludhiana but in other states it is being turned into a political issue. Bills of stores booked will be sent to police commissioner to get complaint registered for violation of ban orders”.
Dr Y P Singh, MC senior veterinary officer, said a team of 25 sanitary inspectors was deployed to book the violators. “The Jain community had a grievance that the ban is applied only on paper and so we imposed a stricter ban this year,” Singh said.
The order imposing the ban was issued by Ludhiana Police Commissioner P S Umranangal on request of the Jain community. He, however, objected to the destruction of eggs in some areas. “We imposed the ban on sale of non-veg food for a day on the request of the Jain community but it was wrong to destroy the eggs. I will get it checked,” he told The Indian Express.