Kolkata: Restaurant “India Lord” on Dum Dum Motijheel road has been served a closure notice to for “operating in unhygienic surroundings and serving stale food.” Barrackpore Sub-Divisional Court, in Kolkata, had on Thursday issued the same.
This comes after Kolkata police Enforcement Branch (EB) had, on May 19, conducted raids where it found that the restaurant was serving stale and contaminated foods.
“There have been lot of complaints against the restaurant (India Lord). Following which, in a joint operation, Dum Dum Municipality and EB conducted a raid on the eatery and recovered stale food items,” Vijay Kumar, DGP (Enforcement Branch), said, adding that the restaurant was sealed.
He also said that the restaurant’s chief manager Tarun Ghatak and manager Pradip Roy were also arrested.
Giving details about the raids, he said, “On May 19, two employees of south Dum Dum municipality Biswaroop Chatterjee and Amit Pal posing as customers ordered tandoori chicken and roomali roti from the restaurant’s menu. The officials found live cockroach in the food served and informed food safety department of the municipality.”
The food safety officials along with EB team carried out an inspection in the hotel.
“There was a foul smell at the restaurant’s kitchen. Stale food items were found kept inside the fridge. Many rodents were also found on the kitchen premises. Stale food, expired pack of mustard oil and gas cylinder used for domestic purpose were recovered and seized by the team,” Kumar said, adding, “The restaurant didn’t even have a valid food licence and also their trade licence was expired.”
Meanwhile, south Dum Dum municipality has cancelled trade licence of India Lord restaurant.
“Police’s Enforcement Branch has done a great job. In future, also this kind of raids will be conducted and stern steps taken if needed,” State Food minister Jotipriyo Mullick said.