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Gopeshwar Nath Chaturvedi: Cow meat is being sold in Mathura’s restaurants

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janmabhumi.jpg← Temple and Mosque side by side at Janma Bhoomi

Mathura, 20-8.08.11

The issue of meat sellers in the vicinity of Janma Bhoomi Temple was raised for discussion at the District Administration meeting on Friday. The District Magistrate said that meat selling in the vicinity of Janma Bhoomi will not be tolerated, however, the selling of chicken in the Deeg Gate area will not be stopped.

DM Sarvagyaram Mishra said that action will be taken against anyone who sells meat within the restricted area. The DM instructed the Food Safety Authority to be vigilant about checking for the selling of meat in restaurants. Out of respect for Hindu sentiments, meat is not allowed to be sold within 1 km of the birthplace of Shri Krishna.

Gopeshwar Nath Chaturvedi of the Yamuna Action Plan said that in the Deeg Gate area, restaurants who are licensed to sell chicken are also selling buffalo and cow meat. He said that to sell cow meat in the vicinity of Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi is a condemnable act.

Police Superintendent, Bablu Kumar instructed officers to take action against restaurants who are taking advantage of their license to sell chicken meat to sell other kinds of meat.

Mathura is shared between Muslims and Hindus so the government has been unable to make the town an official Hindu pilgrimage site. So, while selling meat is illegal in Vrindavan, it is tolerated in Mathura, despite the significance of Shri Krishna Janma Bhoomi. Activities involving meat are continuously monitored. At the beginning of this year, police shut down an illegal slaughterhouse that was operating in the vicinity of Janma Bhoomi.

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