2,400kg dead chickens’ meat recovered from Okara
OKARA: About 2,400kg meat of dead chickens was recovered from 10 shopkeepers who had been supplying the meat not only in the local market, but to Lahore, Daska, Muridke and some cities of Sindh.
On a tip-off, Assistant Commissioner Asif Rauf Khan and a party of the Sadr police raided various places at 34/2RA village and Lower Bari Doab Canal (LBDC). The team also arrested shopkeepers, including Sadiq Masih, Manzoor Masih, Ranjha Masih of Okara, Mushtaq, Ali Afzal of 30/2RA village, Muhammad Imran of Jaboka, Arshad and Abbas of Layyah, Nazir of 107/9L village, Sahiwal, who were loading the meat onto two vehicles. A case has been registered against the arrested shopkeepers under sections 373, 269 of the PPC and 3/4 of the Slaughter Act at the Sadr police station.
When contacted, DDO Livestock (Poultry Production) Dr Asif Mehmood revealed that ‘Rani Khait’ had attacked the birds across the country last month. He said that it was a viral disease and it had no treatment except preventive vaccination and steps. He said that the mortality rate could reach 100 per cent if proper steps were not taken on time. As many as 300 poultry sheds having a capacity for over 30,000 birds each existed in the district. According to an estimate, nine million birds were in these sheds.