Kolkata: A team led by Basirhat SDO Nitesh Dhali, who was accompanied by Baduria BDO Suparna Biswas and senior district police officers, raided Arsulla and Jagannathpur and arrested seven persons with around 40kg of dead chicken.
According to locals, there are nearly 10,000 poultry farms in Baduria where several quintals of dead chickens were being preserved with formalin and ice before being supplied to the markets.
The poultry traders of areas like Anarpur, Jagannathpur, Arsulla, Mathabhanga and Taragunia in Baduria block used to sell dead chickens at only Rs 20-Rs 25 per kg. The preserved chickens were later packed in thermocol boxes and dispatched to several hotels, restaurants and markets in Kolkata and its suburbs.
The buyers purchased this preserved meat at Rs 70 to Rs 80 per kg while the normal rate of fresh chickens is Rs 160 to 180 in city areas. Nearly 500kg meat of dead chickens were supplied to Kolkata markets almost on a regular basis for over 6 months, sources said.