NEW DELHI: The crackdown on allegedly illegal slaughterhouses in Uttar Pradesh since Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath came to power has sent shockwaves across the state. Three meat shops were set ablaze by arsonists on Tuesday night. But in these grim times, one man has held out hope for millions of meat lovers in Lucknow.
It will no longer serve the famous beef kababs. For now, customers have to make their peace with just chicken and mutton kababs.
“Since yesterday afternoon we’ve not been able to get the black buffalo meat that goes into making our beef kababs. There’s no buffalo meat anywhere as slaughterhouses have downed shutters. We opened shop, but we’re just selling chicken and mutton kababs for now,” Mohammad Usman said.
It’s yet too early to say how the latest crackdown on abattoirs will hit business, though the mouth-watering beef kababs are a huge pull for customers.
The government yesterday ordered a blanket ban on cow smuggling. Chief Secretary, UP, Rahul Bhatnagar said senior officials across the state’s 75 districts were directed to inspect the slaughterhouses. The Lucknow Municipal Corporation sealed nine meat shops in the state capital.