On Sunday Chennai Police officials seized more than a tonne of dog meat brought from Rajasthan. According to sources, the meat was packed in 20 polystyrene boxes and brought in Jodhpur Express. Foul smell from the parcels kept at platform Number 5 made Egmore station officials look into the matter.
As the 20 thermocol parcels were being unloaded, a particularly bad smell reportedly wafted out of them. Railway police officials on a routine patrol stopped the men who were placing them onto the platform. The men immediately dropped the boxes and fled from the spot, a report in the Times of India states.
They opened the boxes and suspected the consignment to be dog meat. However it is not clear who this consignment was brought for. According to documents, the parcel was booked by someone from Gandhidham in Gujarat and was dispatched three days ago. Food safety officials suspect that meat might have been brought to be sold as Rajasthani one at a low price.
Confiscated meat samples were sent to Madras Veterinary College for tests. The Food Safety wing has asked the railways to provide the details of the consigners. “If it is found to be dog meat, appropriate legal action will be initiated in accordance with the provisions of the Food Safety and Standards Act, “ noted Kathiravan.
Similarly, in April 2018, an awful incident came to light, where a night-long raid at an ice factory in Rajabazar, Kolkata had yielded as much as 20 tonnes of carcass meat, packed and ready to be sold.
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