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. The NGT
had ordered closure of these in May, 2016,” the district’s Veterinary Officer Dheeraj Goyal
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.