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MC Jammu allows sale of meat during Navratri in some parts of city

Last Updated on April 13, 2021 at 12:48 pm

Days after Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) banned the sale of meat during Navratri in Jammu city, the order was modified on Monday allowing its sale in certain minority-dominated areas.

The JMC on April 7 issued an order to close down slaughterhouses and meat shops selling both jhatka and halal meat during Navratri. Though most of the meat shops selling jhatka meat, usually owned by Hindus, are closed during Navratri, such an order was never issued in the past.

The order was issued after a resolution was passed in the general meeting of the JMC in which out of the 75 councillors, 45 belong to the BJP. BJP councilor Parmod Kapahi had moved the resolution.

The order had evoked strong resentment from the Muslim community more so as the holy month of Ramadan is starting from April 14. Navratri beings on April 13. 

According to the modified order, meat can be sold in Gujjar Nagar, Talal Khatikan, Bhatindi Sunjwan, Sidhra and Sarwal areas. These areas have a sizeable Muslim population. The order also placed certain conditions like putting tinted glasses in front of shops and covering meat carcass with a muslin cloth.