Vrindavan’s status as a Tirtha Sthal (pilgrimage site) is changing the attitude of authorities, who, after years of turning a blind eye to the sale and consumption of meat, are starting to crack down on meat sellers.
During raids on meat sellers on Thursday, half a dozen shops were raided and the owners arrested. The raids were carried out by police, under the instruction of the City Magistrate, in conjunction with food Security Officers Dr. Sobhnath and Dr. Shailendra Rawat.
When the inspection team arrived, some shop owners hurriedly locked up their shops, but police broke locks and forced their way in. Police seized 14 trays of eggs and 15 kg of fish from Azad Kureshi’s home, which is on the upper story, above the shop. Kureshi’s son, Zakir, was arrested for the sale of restricted items.
Despite the longstanding ban on selling meat in Vrindavan, goats, chickens and trays of eggs were a common sight in the area near Vrindavan Mosque, which is also one of the main routes to Loi Bazaar, however, after the recent crackdowns, things look set to change.