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Now, Meat Goes Off the Menu at Aligarh Muslim University, Students Write to V-C

Coinciding with the new Uttar Pradesh government’s crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses, meat seems to have gone off the menu at Aligarh Muslim University. The university’s students’ union has written to vice-chancellor Lt. Gen. (Retd) Zameer Uddin Shah in this regard. For the past one week, the hostels have been serving only vegetarian dishes. Earlier, meat was served twice a week.

Pranshu Mishra | CNN-News18

Updated:March 30, 2017, 11:01 AM IST
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Now, Meat Goes Off the Menu at Aligarh Muslim University, Students Write to V-C
Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Vice Chancellor Lt General Zameer Uddin Shah. (FILE PHOTO: MANOJ ALIGADI)
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Lucknow: Coinciding with the new Uttar Pradesh government’s crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses, meat seems to have gone off the menu at Aligarh Muslim University.

The university’s students’ union has written to vice-chancellor Lt. Gen. (Retd) Zameer Uddin Shah in this regard. For the past one week, the hostels have been serving only vegetarian dishes. Earlier, meat was served twice a week.

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Omar Peerzada, the institution’s public relations officer, blamed high prices for the “temporary” shortage. “The meeting with students will happen today. Meat rates are higher, so this is a temporary arrangement,” he told CNN-News18.

Thousands of meat sellers across Uttar Pradesh have announced an indefinite strike in protest against Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s decision to close down illegal slaughterhouses, causing concerns over Rs 15,000-crore industry that employs 25 lakh people.

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The issue also came up for discussion in Parliament with the central government claiming that only illegal slaughterhouses were closed down in Uttar Pradesh. Meat sellers, however, allege that police were raiding the shops and forcing the closure of their establishments despite having valid licences.

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They said the ban on slaughterhouses has caused a shortage in meat supply across the state, as thousands of meat sellers have been forced to shut their shops for an indefinite period in an air of uncertainty over the state government policy.

| Edited by: Nitya Thirumalai
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