According to Ishtiyaq, a meat trader in Lucknow, orders are also being booked for community slaughtering during Bakri Eid.
He said that those who aren't so well-off and cannot pay much, opt for community slaughtering. In this system, several people are sharing cost of one buffalo and each has to pay Rs 1,200-2,000 as his share. Another trader, Maqbool, said the desi variety of goat is available for Rs 8,000-18,000 online while the superior quality Jamunapari goat sells for Rs 10,000-35,000. The most expensive is of Ajmeri variety, which sells for Rs 30,000-40,000 on various websites. According to him, goats available online are 10-15 per cent cheaper than the traditional market, as there is no intermediary. One can book a goat by paying 20 per cent advance online and the rest on delivery.
Meanwhile the acting vice-chancellor of Muslim religious institute, Deoband Darul Uloom, Maulana Abdul Khaliq has written to chief minister Adityanath seeking permission to reopen the animal market and slaughtering facilities. He has also sought permission for community Namaz during the festival. Besides the Deoband has requested the UP government to defer the weekly lockdown on Saturday and Sunday to some other day. According to him, the Bakri Eid festival falls on Saturday or Sunday this year and devotees will face problems due to the weekend lockdown.