Two slaughterhouses were sealed by the authorities in Allahabad on Sunday night, a development that came within hours of Bharatiya Janata Party leader Yogi Adityanath taking over as the Uttar Pradesh chief minister.
Almost an year ago, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had ordered the closure of these two slaughterhouses, an official said.
“We sealed one slaughterhouse each in Atala locality of the city and at Naini, on the outskirts, last night.
He said the step was taken “following reports that though these slaughterhouses had been shown as shut on paper, business was running there as usual”.
Goyal said the NGT had similarly recommended closure of another slaughterhouse in the area but as there have been no reports of illegal business, his department had requested the police to keep a watch.
Significantly, the action was taken within hours of the swearing-in of a new Cabinet in the state.