Carcass meat racket worth Rs 54 lakh business a month
Kolkata: The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Diamond Harbour Police district that has been investigating the carcass meat row has stumbled upon the information that around Rs 54 lakh a month was involved in the whooping business of carcass meat that was picked up from the dump yards and then transported to the preservation unit at Rajabazar and some other places in the city's fringes. The SIT has submitted a report on the progress of the probe at the Alipore Court on Saturday.
It is learnt that the cops have informed the court that one Sharafat Hossain, a linkman in the case who was arrested earlier, had a certificate of trade that was furnished to him by former CPI(M) Councillor of Gayeshpur Municipality of Nadia Manik Mukherjee. "The license allowed Hossain to pick up carcass meat from the dump yards. However, we are surprised that no one had ever enquired where this meat was taken or for what purpose it was being used," an investigating officer said.
Mukherjee had also been arrested in connection with the case earlier.
According to police sources, the amount of meat that was stored and preserved at the unit owned by prime accused Biswanath Ghorai, alias Bishu, at Rajabazar was nearly 5 tonnes a month.
"Apart from Hossain, we have also got information regarding some more people who used to assist him in the job of picking up carcass from the dump yards, chopping off the meat and then transporting it to Bishu's unit. Hossain's license made their jobs easier. The trade of this carcass meat had spread to districts like Howrah, North 24-Parganas, Nadia and Burdwan," a police officer added.
The sleuths have also gathered numbers of some vehicles that were used for the transportation process. "This will help us in the quick tracking of the supply chain that we are trying to unearth," the police officer said. It may be mentioned that the police had last week busted a racket involved in processing the flesh of carcasses collected from the dumping grounds from in and around the suburbs and selling it to local restaurants and departmental stores and seized huge quantity of rotten meat from a city cold storage.
Meanwhile, the food department of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation has decided to interrogate the person who had been carrying the excess meat after it was given to the carnivores for consumption at the Kolkata Zoo.