At least 500 meat shops, including a KFC outlet, in Gurgaon were forcefully shutdown by over 200 Shiv Sainiks in old Gurgaon for the nine days of Navratri.
Sena workers also threatened shop owners to halt their business on every Tuesday.
“A number of Hindus keep fast on Navratri and on Tuesday of every week. It does not feel good to see meat being sold and served on these days. Most of shopkeepers have supported the move and we consulted those who resisted,” Ritu Raj, district spokesperson of Shiv Sena, was quoted by Hindustan Times as saying.
“We have served notices to meat shop owners, including KFC, and other fast food outlets to shut their shops till Navratri ends and on every Tuesday,” Gautam Saini, the president of Shiv Sena, Gurgaon, told media.
Locals alleged that Sena workers assembled in Palam Vihar on Tuesday and forced the closure of meat market and dhabas in the area.
However, ACP-PRO of Gurgaon Police Manish Sehgal responded that some meats shops were shut down but they were later opened. He ensured strict action against those forcing closure of shops.
The incident comes amid a crackdown on slaughter houses in Uttar Pradesh. Many meat shops have been set on fire in UP over the past week.