After Bengaluru, Punjab government imposed ban on sale of meat in Ludhiana on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi festival on Thursday.
Meanwhile, other reports suggest that meat ban has been imposed in Patiala as well, but for the celebration of Jain festival, Paryushana Parva, on 17 September.
"We have advised meat shop owners to stay shut for the Jain festival. We checked the records and these orders are issued every year. It has been a tradition in Patiala.
"The request usually comes from the Jain Sabha," Patiala deputy commissioner Varun Roojam told The Times of India on Tuesday.
According to the TOI report, ban on meat in the wake of Jain 'Festival of Forgiveness' has been imposed on both Ludhiana and Patiala. An order under section 144 of the CrPC has been implemented in the two cities, a spokesman said.
FLASH: Punjab Government orders #Meatban in Ludhiana on 17th September in view of Ganesh Chaturthi
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The meat ban started in Mumbai, where the city's civic body, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), imposed a two-day ban on sale of meat in addition to Maharashtra government's two-day ban on the occasion of Paryushana Parva.
However, both the bans were lifted one after the other following outrage across the state. The Bombay High Court first directed the BMC to lift the two-day ban it had imposed, and on 14 September it stayed state government's order to ban meat on 17 September.
Although, the bans were lifted in Maharashtra, Bengaluru civic body, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), issued directives banning sale of meat in the city owing to Ganesh Chaturthi festival on Thursday.
Among all the states that ordered ban on meat, Haryana was the first. It had issued an order on 13 August that all slaughterhouses remain shut from 11 to 19 September. However, it issued another notice earlier this month saying that the previous order was just an appeal.