On Saturday, 1,000 kg of dog meat along with other meat was seized from Egmore railway station by the Chennai police officials in Tamil Nadu
Chennai: While the Chennai police seized boxes filled with dog meat at Egmore railway station in Chennai on November 17, the NGO People for Cattle in India has now moved the court seeking guidelines on the transportation of meat.
The NGO has questioned the food safety department for not releasing any report on the alleged 2,190 kg total meat that had been found along with 1000 kg dog meat. The NGO also raised several doubts on whether low-quality meat has been supplied to the end user.
Nonetheless, a special team has been formed by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) to inquire into the incident. Two whole animal samples were sent to the meat sciences department at the Madras Veterinary College in Vepery, Chennai. Meanwhile, tests are yet to determine whether the consignment contained dog or goat meat.
On Wednesday, Senior Divisional Security Commissioner Louis Amuthan addressed the media stating that the meat was transported by a train under the guise of fish, which is a punishable offence under section 163 of the Indian Railways Act.
Later, the food safety department asked the railway police force for details on the cargo. The officials are also testing the samples to check if it is goat meat or dog meat since there are some anatomical differences.
The food safety department also cautioned that the meat trade had to regulate, asking why such a large quantity of meat was transported under such conditions.
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Last Updated Nov 22, 2018, 4:00 PM IST