Rawalpindi: Over 800 kilograms of meat confiscated in Murree
RAWALPINDI: The District Health Department confiscated over 800 kilograms of ‘laab’ — meat of dead and sick animals — on Saturday which was being carried in a van near the Punjab House in Murree for sale in the main market. District Health Officer Dr. Khalid Randhawa himself conducted the operation and got registered an FIR against the owner of meat, Masood Ahmed, and driver of the van Zamurad Mehmood with the Sunny Bank Police Chowki under Sections 269, 272 and 273 the Pakistan Penal Code, Section 141-2A of the Punjab Local Government Ordinance 2001 and Section 23–13 of the Punjab Pure Food Act 1960.
“I stopped a vehicle carrying over 800 kilograms of meat giving stinking smell at Lawrence Road and took it to the police chowki for registering an FIR on Saturday afternoon,” said Dr. Randhawa while talking to ‘The News’ on Sunday. He said that he planned the crackdown to check sale of substandard foodstuff in Murree as in the coming days Murree would be flooded with tourists from all across the country.
In summer season, a large number of people from all across the country visit Murree and consume food and water being served in hotels. It is a great opportunity for wrongdoers to get huge monetary benefits by selling ‘laab’ and substandard foodstuff, said Dr. Randhawa.
He said that after catching the van carrying meat of dead and sick animals, he found that the dealer has a big network in Murree. “I called the adviser to the Punjab chief minister, Raja Ashfaq Sarwar, and requested him to take notice of the issue ahead of influx of tourists in Murree,” he said. He added that he also contacted the district coordination officer, Rawalpindi, to bring the matter into his notice requesting him to take necessary action to check activities of ‘organised network of wrongdoers’ in Murree.
To a query, he said that if police investigate properly, the sale of dead and sick animals in Murree could be checked. The community has to play its role by taking extra care while consuming food in Murree to eliminate the menace, he added.
Every year, the Tehsil Headquarters Hospital, Murree, receives a large number of patients with gastroenteritis during summer and monsoon seasons. A large number of gastro patients are also reported at allied hospitals in Rawalpindi with a history of falling victim of the infection after visiting Murree.“We will conduct raids on hotels and restaurants serving substandard food and drinks to customers,” said Dr. Randhawa while responding to a query.