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Within 48 hours after the newly sworn-in chief minister Yogi Adityanath took charge of Uttar Pradesh, Ghaziabad Police and district administration has initiated action against illegal meat shops and "corrupt" cops.
District administration along with heavy police force sealed four meat shops in a surprise raid carried at over a dozen of shops in the city. However, raiding officials claims that the move did not come after any order from state capital Lucknow but was only a prerogative action of the authorities.
Newly elected CM Yogi Adityanath had during poll rallies promised to shut down slaughter houses across the state if they were voted to power. The Ghaziabad crackdown coincided with similar action in Allahabad where two slaughterhouses were sealed on Saturday night, within hours of Yogi Adityanath taking over as the chief minister. Officials said there were several complaints against illegal meat-shops and slaughtering of animals in Ghaziabad.
"Over 12 open meat shops were inspected at Kaila Bhatta locality and out of which four were sealed as they didn't have licenses. They have been involved in illegal slaughtering of buffalo for long. Meat samples were picked for all the shops to check sample of flesh," said a senior officer in the raid. Heavy police force was deployed at Muslim dominated Kaila Bhatta but no sign of protest by seen even by the shop owners.
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In the coming week more such illegal establishments are being traced across the city and will be closed down. At present only four slaughter houses were given permission in Ghaziabad while Hapur has one. There are over 250 estimated spots in different districts where animals are slaughtered illegaly.
District administration has started the process of identification of such units and will seal it in coming days. Officials said illegal slaughterhouses mostly deal with buffalos apart from cows and bullocks - that is banned in UP under the Uttar Pradesh Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act, 1955. UP produces maximum buffalo meat and exports the same to other countries and earns more than Rs 2,700 crore.
Closure of illegal slaughter houses and banning mechanised slaughterhouses were BJP's major poll plank in the recent assembly polls. Actions lately taken was only against the illegal establishment running without licenses, while the fate of mechanised slaughter houses is yet to be decided. In another move, 44 police constables and head-constables were sent to police line for allegedly involved in corruption and neglect of duty.
The move by Ghaziabad SSP Deeapak Kumar shook up the police department as it is believed to be a move to sideline those who were favoured during the Samajwadi Party's regime.
A day ahead, SSP Meerut J Ravindra Gaur similarly suspended 62 cops involved in illegal activities, including bribery. A senior officer in Lucknow told Mail Today that a major shift in police department in all the districts of UP is expected in the coming months. The officer told that huge favouritism was done while transferring and posting officers and even constables during SP's government. "Cops were allegedly given favourable postings that turned out to be a money-minting business for them. Districts like Noida and Ghazibad are most lucrative postings as these are real-estate and industrial hubs. Inspectors and constables were posted in cash-rich areas to collect the money from traders and businessmen from the area. Action has been initiated against such cops and many senior officers will be soon shifted."
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