Members of Shiv Sena and Sanyukt Hindu Sangharsh Samiti (SHSS) claimed to have forcibly shut down around 400 meat and chicken shops at different locations demanding that they remain closed during Navaratri.

Chief of Shiv Sena’s Gurgaon unit Gautam Saini told PTI that around 300 members of different Hindu organisations assembled at the Lord Shiva temple located at the Old Railway road on Wednesday morning and headed to different places to close meat shops.

The locals said that 50 per cent of the shops are already closed amid fears of clashes as shut down happens every year around Navratri since the BJP came to power in 2014 at the Center and in Haryana.

A shopkeeper alleged that he was cleaning his shop when a group of men forced him to pull the shutters down. He claimed that he was thrashed when he did not pay heed to the threats.

“I was cleaning my shop after opening when a group of men approached and threatened me to pull the shutters. When I refused to do, I was thrashed by them. I have a proper commercial license as well,” the shopkeeper said.

(With inputs from ANI and PTI)

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