Ignoring more than 1,000 designated spots around Dhaka, residents slaughtered their sacrificial cattle out on the streets to observe Eid-ul-Azha on Saturday, violating the instructions issued by the city authorities as well as the Local Government Division.
The Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) designated 1,174 spots around the city for slaughtering sacrificial animals in order to keep the city roads clean and blood-free.
However, visiting several neighbourhoods in Dhanmondi, Kalabagan, Shukrabad and Rajabazar areas under the DSCC on Saturday morning, this correspondent found the residents, especially local influential leaders, sacrificing their cattle in front of their houses or on the streets and alleyways instead.
Because they violated the city authorities' instructions, the roads were covered with blood, contaminating the surrounding environment.
A Shukrabad local, when asked why he had not gone to the nearest designated slaughter spot to sacrifice his cattle, said the roads would be cleaned as soon as everyone was done.
In West Rajabazar, some local men were seen scolding rickshaw van pullers for getting out on the roads during the time of Qurbani – sacrificial slaughter.
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One of them was heard saying: “Why are you [a few rickshaw pullers] out on the streets now, interrupting our work [slaughter and preparation of the meat]? Why have you come out on the road today?”
The DNCC-designated spot in West Rajabazar was found empty; no one in the surrounding areas used to spot to sacrifice their cattle, choosing to slaughter them in front of their houses instead.
When this correspondent approached the locals, none of them agreed to speak with the press.
An influential leader in West Rajabazar said the roads would be cleaned after 2pm.
Since the city authorities began designating slaughter spots in Dhaka a few years ago, the city residents have violated their instructions every year, without fail.
This year, mayors of Dhaka North, Dhaka South and Chittagong urged the city residents to use the slaughter spots and avoid using the roads to keep the cities clean.