New Delhi: While hundreds of people gathered in Aizawl city in Mizoram to protest against Central government’s ban on sale of cattle for slaughter in animal markets, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the government will not interfere in anyone’s choice of food. Singh, who was on a visit to Aizawl, along with Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, said the Centre will not impose any restrictions on people’s choice of food.
Singh’s response came at a press conference where he was asked about the protests by locals against the government’s new rule on cattle sale. Protests in Aizawl, organised by a local group, saw a huge crowd participating in the “beef ban bashing banquet”. The organisers wrote on social media that they are protesting against Centre’s attempt to “restrict” their rights to eat what they want. Beef is staple diet in Northeastern states, and several such protests have been carried out in the region in last few weeks since the order was announced by the government. (Agencies)