Uprooted families celebrated the Eid-ul-Azha, the second largest religious festival of the Muslims, by collecting meat from different areas of the city. Most of these families are from the surrounding areas of the capital, reports bdnews24.com.
The well-off people of the city usually slaughter more sacrificial animals than those in the rural areas. As a result, these floating people come to the city ahead of the Eid with a hope of getting a share of meat from the animals.
Meanwhile, some small meat markets were found at different places of the city. Low-earning people generally collect the meat during the Eid and sell it in these markets. Most of the buyers of the meat are hotel owners.
From Wednesday evening the uprooted families were seen cooking the meat that they had collected on small makeshift fires lit beside the roads. At least 40 such families live along the roads in the city’s Chankharpool area.
Hafeza Begum, a mother of four children and from an uprooted family, told the news agency that she and her four children got 25kg meat from Eid day morning to the next morning. “Some of it is being cooked and the rest will be sent to our village home,” she said.
Aynal, a street child at Shahbagh Intersection, said he got 5kg meat from different houses and sold it all to a hotel businessman.
Moreover, some temporary small meat markets were opened in front of Azimpur Graveyard, Palashi Bazar, Bangla Motor Intersection and Motijheel Intersection areas.
The owner of a hotel in front of Azimpur Graveyard, seeking anonymity, said beef is cheap during the Eid-ul-Azha – generally sold between Tk 100 and Tk 120. “So we, the hotel businessmen, buy the beef now and preserve it for our interest.”
Not only the hotel businessmen but also the middle class people come to these markets to buy meat.
Garment worker Abdul Khaleque of Kamrangirchar said he bought the cheap meat to take to his village home in Pirojpur.
People who have no economic ability to buy sacrificial animals and slaughter them or are unable to buy meat at higher prices, were gathering at these small markets.
A middle-aged ‘Kayser’ told the news agency at Palashi Intersection that he came to Dhaka from Munshiganj to collect meat and got around 30kg. “So I have come here to sell the additional part of it.”