Kozhikode: Kerala health officials conducted a raid in Mollywood actor Dileep's restaurant in Kozhikode, Kerala and seized stale food materials. The restaurant 'Dhe Puttu' is owned by Dileep and his friend Nadirshah. The health department also found that food was being prepared in unhygienic conditions. The officials destroyed all remaining items from the restaurant after collecting evidence.

The raid was conducted by a team comprising RS Gopakumar, health supervisor of the Kozhikode corporation K Gopalan, health inspector K Dileep Kumar and junior health inspector K Shameer.

The Health Department in Kozhikode conducted raids in many hotels and restaurants in the city. Health officer Gopakumar said that strict action would be taken against restaurants that put the health of public at risk.

The health officials told media that the restaurant was cleaner last year when the raid was conducted when compared to its “miserable” condition now. According to sources, around four litres of used and stale oil, eight boxes of contaminated ice cream and around one kilogram of contaminated cooked chicken were seized from 'Dhe Puttu'. Dhe Puttu has branches in Kochi, Dubai and Doha.

It has also come to light that Dileep owns a share in the Kozhikode restaurant while its operations are overseen by another person.

The health inspector stated that many other restaurants which were raided were also found to be in violation of hygiene standards and put the health of public at risk.