New Delhi: Chattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh declared today that those "will be hanged who kill cows," as no end seemed in sight to the row over enforcement of beef ban and crackdown on illegal slaughter houses in Uttar Pradesh.
" Does such a thing in Chattisgarh ever happened?I don't think it has happened in the last 15 years (of BJP rule).If it happens, we will hang those who dare do it," Singh told reporters in Raipur.
He said while responding to the queries by journalists on whether his government would, like Yogi Adityanath's tough stand on cow slaughter in UP.
In Chattisgarh, slaughter of cow, buffalo, bull , bullock, calf and possession of their meat is banned. While transport and export to other states for slaughter is also banned. The offences attract the same 7 year jail term punishment along with a fine of Rs 50,000.
Meanwhile, the AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi, accused the BJP over shortage of meat in UP following clampdown of illegal abattoirs and retail shops running without licences, and called it 'hypocrisy' of the party, for not playing with the same rules in northeast.
"In UP, cow is mummy, and in the northeastern states its yummy. This shows BJP's hypocrisy. While they talk about beef ban in UP, they have said there would be no such thing in the northeast.
"Assembly elections are going to be held in three states in the northeast. Beef is easily available in (BJP- ruled) Goa. You tell e what is this," he said.
UP Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh said the crackdown on illegal slaughter houses was aimed to make them compliant with the court guidelines and questioned why the earstwhile Akhilesh Yadav government sat on the issue for three years.
"We are puzzled to hear Akhilesh Yadav's complaint that carnivorous animals in the zoo of UP are suffering because of shortage of meat. He should tell the people of the state why he failed to make slaughter houses compliant with the gudelines provided by the Supreme Court and the NATIONAL Green Tribunal," Singh told reporters in Allahabad.
The minister said the guidelines were issued in 2014.
"Akhilesh Yadav's Samajwadi Party lost power only last month. They has three years to fix the abattoirs running across the state. In that case, there would have been no reason for us to spend our energy on this matter. But they did nothing. So, the responsibility fell our shoulders," he explained.
Talking about the crackdown affecting those employed in the meat industry, the minister said, "Slaughter houses will be allowed to resume business the moment they get due licenses and make necessary improvements in their operations and waste disposal agreements.
"Moreover, retail meat sellers have not been hit. This I say on the basis of my own observation as my Assembly constituency is Allahabad (West) is home to a number of meat shops," he said.
UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had enforced a total ban on cow slaughter and smuggling, soon after assuming office. Slaughter of buffaloes for meat is however, allowed in the state. Buffalo meat trade has been badly hit after the clampdown of illegal slaughterhouses.