Rawalpindi: 200-kg meat of dead and sick animals seized
RAWALPINDI: A team of District Health Department Friday took into custody nearly 200 kilograms of ‘laab’, meat of dead and sick animals, which was taken for sale here in a local market of Bagh Sardaran.
The ‘laab’ was brought to the town from Sargodha through local transport. The team of the District Health Department took the meat into custody when the carriers were shifting it to their car near Pirwadhai Bus Stand. “We got information regarding transportation of the meat of dead and sick animals from our informant and planned the raid,” said District Food Inspector Rana Ghulam Murtaza who headed the raid. He said that the ‘laab’ was taken from Nehang, Sargodha .
“We took into custody 200 kilograms of ‘laab’ from three persons and lodged FIR against them with the Pirwadhai Police Station under sections 269, 272 and 273 PPC and section 141 subsections 17, 18 of Local Government Ordinance 2001,” said Ghulam Murtaza while talking to ‘The News’.
He added that the police arrested the three carriers identified as Umar Qureshi, Mohammad Saqlain and Asad. Murtaza said that the meat confiscated was taken to a shop in Bagh Sardaran for sale.
It is important that the District Health Department has launched a campaign against sale of ‘laab’ on the directives of district coordination officer, Rawalpindi, while District Health Officer Dr Khalid Randhawa is supervising the campaign in the region. The menace, however, could not be eliminated completely so far.
Dr Randhawa who is supervising the campaign against sale of substandard foodstuff is of the view that sale of substandard foodstuff including meat of dead and sick animals can be checked completely if individuals from society start showing responsible attitude. He said that anyone who witnesses meat of dead or sick animals on sale should immediately report to the district health office so that strict action could be taken against the culprits.