CID raids cold storage at Manicktala, seizes 6 tonne meat
Kolkata: Criminal Investigation Department (CID) raided a cold storage at Manicktala in connection with the carcass meat incident and seized around 6 tonne meat.
After police sealed a cold storage in Rajabazar, this one was raided suspecting that carcass meat was processed, packaged and distributed in markets from here.
Police have detained one in this connection on late Thursday night. The investigating officers have taken the detained person and Biswanath Ghorui, alias Bishu, who was arrested earlier in connection to the cold storage while conducting the raid.
CID officers have come to know about the huge stock of meat in the cold storage situated on Canal East Road after questioning the detained person and Bishu.
CID has set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Thursday to probe into the incident and the investigating agency also took Bishu in its custody.
During the raid, the investigating officers have questioned the workers present there and searched each and every block in the cold storage and seized 6 tonne of meat, which were packed in cardboard boxes. Six such boxes have been sent to the West Bengal Public Health Laboratory to carry out necessary tests.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the meat was supplied to different states including Uttar Pradesh and Bihar from the cold storage. Police have also come to know that the same was also exported to some of the neighbouring countries as well. They are also trying to find out the other places where the meat was supplied from the cold storages.
Hundreds of people from the locality gathered outside within minutes after the CID team entered the cold storage for the search operation. The raid was initiated at around 8.30 am on Friday. They had also suspected that something was going wrong inside the cold storage.
Police initiated a search for the owner of the cold storage, who is at large. They are also suspecting that the owner of the cold storage had some connection with the one at Rajabazar where the raid was conducted earlier.
It may be recalled that the CID had conducted raids at the house of Bishu at Sonarpur in South 24-Parganas.
Though the police are continuing with the investigation, they are also waiting for the report of the laboratory after carrying out necessary tests on the samples of the meat seized from the cold storage.