Mohammad Alam, owner of Babu Hotel, a small eatery on Urdu Bazar Road, had managed such a deal. But he bought only two goats instead of the six or seven he usually brought home to be sacrificed on Eid ul Adha every year. “The situation is dire and not many anyway can afford to spend big sums this year,” the 38-year-old explained. “The fear of the coronavirus has prompted many to eschew Eid celebrations.”
Near Meena Bazar, Mohammad Faiz, 14, of Pilibhit, UP, was desperately trying to find buyers for his goats. “We brought over 20 to Delhi, but still have five goats unsold despite my father and I having walked across old Delhi and offering them at a discount,” the youngster said.
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August 01, 2020