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Meghalaya butchers� body calls shutdown

By The Assam Tribune

SHILLONG, Jan 19 - For the next two weeks, beef will go missing from plates in the eastern part of Meghalaya as butchers and cattle traders have called for a two-week long shutdown to protest the cattle smuggling into Bangladesh.

All beef shops across the six districts in the eastern part of Meghalaya remained closed since Monday afternoon.

The strike, which will end on February 3, has been called by the Khasi Jaintia Butchers� Welfare Association (KJBWA) after the Meghalaya Government failed to prevent smuggling of cattle into Bangladesh.

�All beef shops will continue to remain closed and there will be no purchase of cows from the cattle market at Khanapara village along the Meghalaya-Assam border till February 3,� KJBWA vice president Generous Warlarpih told IANS.

�The price of cows at Khanapara is skyrocketing due to high demand of cows in Bangladesh,� Warlarpih said. � IANS

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