Gurgaon: Over 500 meat and chicken shops in Gurgaon on Thursday were allegedly shut down by Shiv Sena workers for Navratri festival.
“We have served notices to every meat and chicken shop. This time we have not served notices to restaurants, such as KFC and other food chains which serve chicken in their restaurants as it is not seen openly. One will have to face consequences in case he does not follow instructions,” general secretary and spokesperson of Shiv Sena Gurgaon wing Ritu Raj told PTI.
“We have asked customers of KFC to cooperate with us in vacating the place. We have forced employees to turn electricity off inside and pull shutters down for public,” said the president of Shiv Sena Gurugram, Gautam Saini, , while speaking to India Today.
The sainiks also served notices to owners of non-vegetarian food outlets, asking them to close down their shops till nine-day Navratra is over. The Shiv Sena workers assembled at Palam Vihar and forced shut down of meat markets in Surat Nagar, Ashok Vihar, Sector 5 and 9, Pataudi Chowk, Jacobpura, Sadar Bazaar, Khandsa Anaj Mandi, bus stand, DLF area, Sohna and Sector 14 market.
“We had on Tuesday served a memorandum to Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh demanding shutting down of raw meat shops for the next 9 days in view of Navratras but the district administration did not direct the meat shop owners to shut down,” Raj said.
A senior police officer told PTI, “We are looking into the matter and no one is authorised to take law into his own hands. If the shops were forcefully shut down by the workers of Shiv Sena, we will take strict against them and are awaiting for the complaint to be registered in this regard.”
Here’s how people reacted to the move
— The Voice of Nation (@DVoiceofnation) March 29, 2017
LOL. Shiv Sena in Mumbai bats for meat, in Gurgaon, this https://t.co/0MecGvAGGj
— Yeh Log ! (@yehlog) March 29, 2017
Shiv Sena shuts down meat shops including KFC in Gurgaon, few years ago there ally MNS workers cooked chicken in front of Jain community.
— Zeeshan Haque (@zeeshan_haque) March 29, 2017
With PTI inputs