Mail News Service
Jamshedpur, Nov 23: Abattoirs that were being operated illegally in Barinagar, Telco, were demolished on Wednesday by authorities of the East Singhbhum district administration. The superintendent of police (city) K. Vijay Shankar, along with the Sub-Divisional Magistrate Piyush Sinha, supervised the operation during which an excavator was used to demolish 12 abattoirs in the presence of police personnel and government officials.
The district administration officials said that they had received a number of complaints from socio-political organisations about the illegal slaughterhouses operating in Barinagar. The matters took a turn for the worse when body parts of cattle were found in the vicinity of the abattoirs. On October 18 several organizations had submitted a memorandum the SP and DC and demanded suitable action against the illegal abattoirs.
The situation became volatile after the memorandum was submitted, the decapitated head of a buffalo was found near a puja pandal on October 26. The incident had triggered a public outcry and the demands to close down the illegal slaughterhouses had gained momentum. When the protests and demonstrations started taking place, the district administration had intervened and asked the protestors to desist till Chhath puja was over.
Shankar said that the veracity of claims in the complaints were crosschecked and found to be true. Then notices were issued to the owners and operators of these abattoirs and they were asked to close their shops and stop operations. But, they refused to comply and continued to sell meat from the plot of land that they had encroached upon.
Based on these developments and owing to the shopkeepers’ disregard for the district administrations notices, a team to crackdown on the illegal abattoirs and close them was constituted by the SDM while a team of police officials were stationed at the site to maintain law and order. Shankar added that the police have got some more tip-offs about illegal slaughterhouses being operated from other parts of the city too. He said that suitable action to stop the illegal activities will be initiated soon.
The organizations in their memorandum had demanded removal of illegal abattoirs from the vicinity, booking the people responsible for setting up the slaughterhouses and discarding bones and body parts in the vicinity, a police outpost should be set up near Barinagar, reorganisation of the local peace committee, identifying the communally sensitive zones of the area and setting up CCTVs to monitor suspicious activities in the vicinity.