335kg of meat seized on Gandhi Memorial Day
MADURAI: On the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, observed as Marty’s Day, corporation officials seized 335kg of meat and slapped Rs 20,000 fine on people found slaughtering animals.
The civic body had forbidden slaughter of animals like goats, cows, pigs or birds on the day, which fell on Friday. Health officials raiding shops in all zones seized meat from vendors selling meat secretly. As much as 300kg of meat was seized and Rs 12,000 imposed as fines in zone 1 alone, while 25kg was confiscated in zone 3 and 10kg in zone 4.
According to corporation commissioner C Kathiravan, officials collected Rs 2,000 from zone 2, Rs 4,000 from zone 3 and Rs 2,000 from zone 4 from the vendors.
On Gandhi Memorial Day, corporation staff gathered in corporation office and observed silence for two minutes. Afterwards, the commissioner administered a pledge to eradicate untouchability. The pledge was administered in all zonal offices, besides the collectorate.
Despite the corporation drive, however, meat sale was thriving in the outskirts of the city. The banquet thrown on the eve of Alagiri’s birthday also did not skip non-vegetarian delicacies, though organisers maintained that slaughter was done the previous night itself.