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Ten-member team formed to nab culprits running carcass meat racket

Statesman News Service | Kolkata |

With meat from carcass continuing to haunt the investigators, South 24-Parganas police in pursuit of the kingpins behind the supply of the same has formed a 10- member Special Investigation Team (SIT) to book the culprits running the racket in the city and the various areas of South and North 24 Parganas.

Informing the formation of the SIT, a senior police officer of the South 24-Parganas district administration said, the formation of the SIT had been necessitated following the far-reaching ramifications of the racket which the officer claimed to have spread its tentacles in the international circuit as well.

Speaking on the Special Investigation Team (SIT), the officer said that the team would keep a vigil on the dumping rounds from where the carcasses are suspected to have been collected for preservation and how the meat procured from them used to be supplied and routed to various city restaurants and hotels.

Meanwhile, the police on Monday conducted raids at several areas in the city and districts to unearth the addresses where the suspected meat might have allegedly found its way in through the five linkmen, whose names had cropped up following intense grilling of the nine accused.

According to an officer of the Lalbazar, who is coordinating the investigation in the city proper, said that the investigators had made a list of the hotels, departmental stores and eateries, where stale meat might have found its way in. Preliminary investigations, according to the officer, revealed that eateries at Narkeldanga, Kasba, Tangra had been put under watchful eyes of the onvestigators.

Meanwhile, the joint operation by the state Enforcement Branch, the city police and the south 24-Parganas police launched a massive manhunt to nab the elusive Kausar Ali Dhali who is suspected to be the mastermind of the entire chain of racket dominating the trade.

Last Friday, dead chicken were found from a poultry farm named as Dhali chicken Centre at New Town. Police are also looking for the cold storage owner of Narkeldanga.