Patna, April 1: Patna High Court on Friday had directed that all illegal slaughterhouses in Rohtas be sealed within 6 weeks. Seven illegal slaughterhouses were sealed in Bihar’s Rohtas district after the Patna High Court order. In the wake of Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath's clampdown on illegal slaughterhouses, several states, including as many as 5 BJP-ruled states have followed Uttar Pradesh.
Earlier, BJP has raised the issue of illegal slaughterhouses running across the state and demanded that the Nitish Kumar government must take immediate steps to close them or face protest. While raising the issue in the Bihar Assembly, Bihar BJP leaders shouted slogans against the state government and warned them to close down almost 150 illegal slaughter houses in the state.
Various cow protection organisations in Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh have also demanded the closure of various meat shops in the respective states. Meanwhile, protests flared up in Maharashtra & Karnataka on the issue. The Bajrang Dal and the Vishva Hindu Parishad activists have also been asking for an increase in the punishment for cow slaughter to a life term in the Maharashtra assembly replicating the Gujarat law.
Even as the Jharkhand Government earlier last week issued an order for closure of all illegal slaughterhouses in the state within 72 hours, the Gujarat State Assembly on Friday amended its Cow Protection Law introducing a life term for those slaughtering the animal.
Meanwhile, self-proclaimed cow protection organisations in Karnataka have called for similar action against illegal slaughterhouses as well as illegal transportation of cattle in the state. Their demand comes a week after the Karnataka government announced funds for modernisation for meat shops across the state.