The health squad seized putrid meat meant for sale to hotels and bakeries.

Kochukoya, 48, of Palluruthy, who was operating the shed from where 1,000 kg of rotten meat laced with the poisonous ammonia was seized earlier this month, filed an anticipatory bail plea before the District Additional Sessions Court here.

Kochukoya filed the petition after the Palluruthy police filed a case against him under IPC Section 328, for causing hurt by means of poison, and other sections. The corporation’s health squad had seized liver and heart portions of meat unfit for human consumption from the shed near Edakochi from where Kochukoya was operating.

The health squad reportedly intercepted a van as it was about to leave the shed with boxes of the meat which was blithely called by the sellers as ‘tsunami meat’ to be delivered to hotels and bakeries. The stale meat was allegedly procured from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. The Palluruthy police subsequently registered a case against Kochukoya.

In his anticipatory bail petition, Kochukoya said he was engaged in cleaning the meat on a commission basis and that his licence was for cleaning the animal liver alone.

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