Health officials colluded with milk adulterators: Cops

PATIALA: Two days after raiding a synthetic milk manufacturing unit in Devigarh, police have learnt that district health officials were hand in glove with adulterators.

Superintendent of police (city) Kesar Singh said during interrogation, unit owner said he bribed district health officials. He would pay a bribe of Rs 10,000 to get his samples approved in addition to a monthly sum of Rs 5,000.

Underlining that the health department was aware of the manufacture of synthetic milk and other dairy products at the unit, Kesar Singh said police have written to department authorities to initiate action against the officials concerned.

It also came to light that the accused dug deep holes into the ground and had been injecting leftover untreated water into these. The SP said they have written to the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) to take action against Anil Kumar for polluting underground water.

Police have listed names of retailers, dairy owners and sweet shop owners buying synthetic milk and other products from the unit. City police raided the unit on Thursday and recovered spurious milk, and desi along with 53 bags of milk powder, 250 litres of sulphuric , 1,530 litres of chemicals, 750 litres of , 10 quintals of white powder, 9 kg detergent, 7,000 litres of milk stored in three tankers, 20 quintals of cottage cheese and 45 kg butter. A case has been registered under sections 420 (cheating), 472 (making counterfeit seal), 473 (possessing counterfeit seal) and 474 (forged documents of IPC Act) at Julkan police station against Anil Kumar.

On Friday, police raided Kumar’s house and recovered 90 litres of palm oil, five quintals of ghee, 39 empty tins of 15 litres each, five sealed palm oil tins of 15 litre capacity each and 17 bags of skimmed milk powder.

Two days before the police raid, health officials collected samples from the unit but no action was initiated against the owner despite chemical containers scattered all over the place.
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