New Delhi, Apr 4: In a crackdown on illegal meat shops in Gurugram, the city municipal corporation on Tuesday ordered the closure of all unlicensed butcher shops within two days. The order came a day after Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar visited Gurugram and held a meeting with the administration’s grievance committee.

The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) issued a notice to owners to shut down all illegal meat shops in Narsinghpur, Mohammedpur Jhandsa, Khandsa, Sector 46 and Sector 39 among other areas. Only 129 meat shops are authorised to run in Gurugram. However, the millennium city has more than 15,000 such establishments in various areas.

The municipal corporation has renewed licences of the 129 approved meat shops but refrained from issuing any fresh permits. “We have served notices to illegal shop owners who did not have licences to run commercial outlets for slaughtering and selling flesh of chicken, goat and fish in the district,” Dr Ashish Singla, medical officer at MCG was quoted as saying.

The civic body will take action against those who continue to violate the notice, warned Singla. Several meat shop owners said the municipal corporation didn’t issue licences in the financial year 2017-18, claiming they applied long back. They also accused the ruling BJP of playing politics over the issue.

“The Khattar governments decision to close meat shops is politically motivated. He wants to achieve the goal of polarisation,” Deen Mohammad, a butcher shop owner at sector 46, told a news channel. However, the BJP has dismissed the charge. Last year, members of the Shiv Sena had forcibly shut butcher shops in Gurugram during Chaitra Navratri.