Uttarakhand HC maintains blanket ban and allows animal slaughter in Haridwar for Bakrid

The Uttarakhand High Court on Thursday suspended a notification from the state government declaring the entire Haridwar district a “no-slaughter zone” and allowed the slaughter of animals for Eid al-Adha on 10 July in a slaughterhouse in the municipality of Manglaur in the district.

A divisional bench consisting of Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice RC Khulbe ordered that on the day of Eid al-Adha, the slaughter of animals should only be carried out at the law-compliant slaughterhouse – built in public-private partnership – in the municipality, and asked the civic body to make the court directive public. They also ordered the petitioner who challenged the government order to ensure that no felling is carried out elsewhere in the district.

On March 3 last year, the BJP government declared urban local bodies in Haridwar district – two municipalities, two nagar palika parishads and five nagar panchayats – “slaughterhouse-free zones” and rescinded permits issued to operate slaughterhouses. . The notification from the Urban Development Department preceded the Kumbh Mela. BJP MPs in the region earlier sent a letter to then Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat demanding that slaughterhouses should not be allowed in a “religious city like Haridwar”.

Faisal Hussain, a resident of Haridwar, addressed the high court saying that the slaughter of animals was a core religious practice in Islam and that for the festival of Eid al-Adha, the slaughter animals should be allowed at the Manglaur slaughterhouse, which was built last year but could not operate due to the general ban on animal slaughter in the district.

Kartikey Hari Gupta, Hussain’s lawyer, showed the court a photograph of last year’s Eid al-Adha celebrations during which, despite all prohibitions, large-scale animal slaughters were carried out in the open streets of Manglaur. Gupta also argued that banning slaughter without making the slaughterhouse operational in accordance with the law would not solve any problems.

He claimed that 87.45% of the municipality’s population was Muslim. The area is about 45 km from the city of Haridwar and if the slaughter of animals is allowed in an abattoir in Manglaur, the religious feelings of Hindus will not be hurt, he pleaded.

Confirming the court’s suspension of the government’s order, Gupta told the Indian Express that the slaughterhouse was built in February last year and a blanket ban was imposed on the slaughter of the animals. within a week following the request of its owners to start operations.

“In 2011, the high court ordered the construction of a slaughterhouse within three years. But that did not happen, and it was not until 2016 that the state government allowed Manglaur nagar palika to build the slaughterhouse under PPP mode. Construction was completed in February 2021. In March, however, the government declared the entire Haridwar district zero-logging. We have disputed this and stated that Manglaur is 45 km from the city of Haridwar and therefore will not affect the religious feelings of Hindus. We also mentioned that the slaughterhouse was sanctioned by the government itself,” he said.

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