Bengal beef dealers to meet CM Mamata Banerjee over crackdown in Uttar Pradesh
Beef dealers in West Bengal wish to meet Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to apprise her of the 'harrowing situation' in the state due to the crackdown on slaughterhouses in Uttar Pradesh.
Kolkata: Beef dealers in West Bengal wish to meet Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to apprise her of the "harrowing situation" in the state due to the crackdown on slaughterhouses in Uttar Pradesh, a representative said on Tuesday.
"It is only in Bengal and Kerala that cow slaughter is allowed. Cows used to be brought from other states... Now the supply has completely stopped," Mohammed Ali, President of Calcutta Beef Dealers Association, told IANS.
Ali said this had "severely crippled" the livelihood of those employed directly and indirectly in the sector.
"From loading to packaging, lakhs of people are employed (in Bengal). People are scared to work in this sector now and livelihoods, cutting across religious lines, have been hit," he added.
Ali said goods trains with 72 bogies ferried around six to eight animals in each compartment from Uttar Pradesh to Bengal.
"The supply of beef to UP has also stopped and one of the concerns is the obstruction in transportation. Trucks are being stopped and checked. We have faith in the CM that she will consider our plight," Ali added.
Members of the Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ), PCI and the Delhi Union of Journalists (DUJ) joined the protest
Eight people, including four farmers, were killed in the violence that erupted on October 3
A delegation of Trinamool Congress MPs had dodged the police and visited the affected families in UP a day ago after being initially stopped by the state administration