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The minister further said it was also a message to the officers not to overstep their jurisdiction and the mandate given by the state government.

As the Yogi Adityanath government goes after mechanised slaughterhouses, meat producers in Uttar Pradesh say the action conflicts with the Centre's policy of encouraging the meat industry and are considering going to court against it.

State BJP leader Mazhar Abbas appealed to meat sellers saying that only the illegal shops and slaughter houses would face government action and the geneuine ones don't need to worry. Expressing similar views to Sharma, another Cabinet minister Siddhartha Nath Singh said that no orders have been issued for taking any action against shops selling chicken, fish or eggs.

On anti-Romeo squads, Singh said the government would not tolerate any vigilantism.

Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu today said that it is wrong to give a "communal" colour to the Uttar Pradesh government's decision to shutdown illegal slaughterhouses in the state.

Criticising the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Uttar Pradesh Government for banning slaughterhouses in the state, the Samajwadi Party on Tuesday alleged that the saffron party is doing this in order to please one community over the other despite the fact that Hindus are the largest consumers of meat.

Shrikant Sharma further also said that the people who are trying to make this a political issue and trying to give a religious color to it is not good. Kaseem Qureshi, another functionary of the meat sellers association Majid Qureshi said that they don't want a showdown with the authorities but have been forced to close the markets in the interest of people involved in the trade. "Whatever is illegal should be banned but what is the use of banning the legal slaughterhouse", said a meat buyer.

"We are acting only against illegal abattoirs". There was a categorical guideline of national green tribunal 2015.

Meat sellers across the state today went on an indefinite strike against the crackdown on illegal and mechanised slaughterhouses.