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The Allahabad High Court today asked the Uttar Pradesh government to apprise it within a week of its policy on setting up new abattoirs in the state. A bench of Chief Justice D B Bhosle and Justice M K Gupta asked the state's Additional Advocate General Manish Goel to seek the government's instruction on the issue and inform it of the policy by the next date of hearing on July 20. The bench gave the direction while hearing a petition by Dilshad Ahmed and other residents of Gorakhpur, home to the Gorakhnath temple with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath being its mahant too. The petitioners have moved the court alleging that they were being denied licenses to set up slaughterhouses in the district and run meat business.
The petitioners have sought directions to the authorities to let them set up abattoirs and run meat business. Hundreds of slaughterhouses in the state have been closed down in the recent past following a crackdown on them in line with the BJP's electoral promise of acting against unlicensed abattoirs. Earlier, a preliminary objection was raised by the state government counsel with regard to the relief sought in the petition. The court ticked off the counsel saying it could "mold the relief" if the same was required in public interest.
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