Kolkata: The Enforcement Branch of the state will investigate the dead animal meat case in which 15 persons have been arrested so far.
Senior officials of the EB visited Budge Budge and initiated the probe. The police on Saturday raided a flat in Dakshindari in northern suburbs but could not find Kausar Ali and his brother Aslam.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has also issued an alert to the police stations of west bengal, keeping in view the carcass meat industry.
The carcass-meat industry had grown both in size and profit in the last four years. Nine people have been arrested so far, including the three last week. According to the cops, the trio claimed the carcass meat was mostly of stray dogs and cats.
Huge amount of rotten carcass meat, including 1000 packets amounting to 20 tons from a Narkeldanga cold storage in Kolkata, was seized in a joint raid conducted by Kolkata and South 24 Parganas police. Raids and seizures were done in other locations as well. The raids were conducted after tips from kingpin Sunny Malik, who was arrested in this connection from Bihar’s Nawada district.
Stale meat was mixed with fresh meat after processing them, police said. Hindustan Ice & Cold Storage in Narkeldanga has been sealed. Corporation could not collect supplies as the cold storage has been sealed by police. Police raided Raja Bazar, Tangra in Kolkata and Jagaddal and Kakinara in Hooghly district. Joint police operations were conducted in Diamond Harbour also.
There, the cops also found a register that revealed the meat was supplied to eateries at Lake Town and Baguiati and to some leading restaurants in north and central Kolkata. The North Dum Dum municipality has collected samples from Dum Dum and Airport area eateries and sent them for forensic test.
The police have seized the register containing the names of the agencies, restaurants, eateries and food chains that used to take the rotten chicken from the poultry. The police said they will find out whether the agencies had taken the rotten chicken unknowingly or they had procured the stock deliberately as it was sold at a cheaper price.
Police said acid was used to process the rotten chicken and later they were mixed with fresh chicken and put in packets that were sent to the restaurants, eateries and hotels in containers.