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Following the example of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar has announced a crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses in the state. Currently, there are around 140 abattoirs in Bihar out of which only 2 are legal.
The announcement was made by Bihar animal and fisheries resources minister Pashupati Kumar Paras who said "I have asked the department secretary to furnish a report on all slaughterhouses in the state — licensed as well as illegal — within a week. Based on the report and the norms governing the same, we would close down all illegal slaughterhouses."
The only two legal slaughterhouses which have the requisite licensing are located in Forbesganj in Araria district, about 300 km from Patna. The largest number of illegal slaughterhouses are located in Seemanchal, including Kishanganj and Purnia. More than a dozen illegal slaughterhouses are located in the Patna district.
The previous animal and fisheries resources minister Awadhesh Kumar Singh had also sought a report on illegal slaughterhouses in March, however, no action was taken.
UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had launched a crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses in the state soon after coming into office.
"This government promotes lynching on communal lines as witnessed in Bhojpur within a week of its swearing-in. The issue of closing slaughterhouses is nothing but an example of misplaced priorities. Nitish is just a mask of this government, which is mainly being run by BJP," said RJD spokesman Manoj Jha.