Butchers reel under illegal VHP embargo

Ahmedabad: With the passing of Gujarat Animal Preservation Act 1954 (amendment) which carries a penalty of a seven year jail term, VHP has swung into action. There have been violent confrontations between the cops and butchers. Strict enforcement has led to a steep rise in the prices of goats and sheep which has doubled since last year from Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 10,000 this year. Police have started harassing people in the slaughter business. A member of the Quresh Jamat said that they planned to challenge the amendment in the Supreme Court. “On the one hand, Modi is trying to woo Muslims. But he does not restrain his officials from harassing the community even during festival days,” retorted an angry businessman.
For the first time, VHP workers entered Muslim ghettos like Juhapura and Dariapur to protect cows and calves. Pravin Togadia discussed the issue with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat who was on a two-day visit to Gujarat.

This has come as a shock to Khokhars, a sect of Muslims in animal trade, who tilted the balance in Modi’s favour at Kathal, formerly a Congress bastion, in the recent by-poll where the BJP candidate emerged victorious. “Muslims voted for BJP” announced a jubilant Modi. So, the Muslims have been warmly rewarded with the amendment! This has also created a dilemma for the 25,000 Muslims who want to join the party for the 2014 polls.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 December 2011 on page no. 11

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