300 kg meat obtained from unauthorised slaughter seized
A health squad of the Kollam Corporation, engaged in a drive against unauthorised slaughter of cattle and selling of meat from unlicensed stalls, was attacked by a group of butchers near Pallimukku on Sunday. The gang also made attempts to set ablaze a pickup van of the team.
The drive was launched in the wake of reports on rampant unauthorised cattle slaughter. After inspection and seizure of such meat from some stalls, the team led by Health Inspector K. Sunil Babu reached N.S. Junction near Pallimukku by 9 a.m. The pickup van was carrying eight labourers to seize and transport the meat to be destroyed.
At N.S. junction, the team noticed an unlicensed stall selling meat that did not originate from the abattoir of the city Corporation. Subsequently, around 150 kg of beef was seized and put into the van. As the vehicle started to move forward, the owner of the meat stall and six others blocked the van.
They then assaulted the labourers. Soon the driver and the labourers fled from the scene. After taking the meat back from the van, the gang poured kerosene on the vehicle in an attempt to set it on fire.
Police soon intervened and brought the situation under control.
Five labourers who were injured have been hospitalised. The Eravipuram police have registered a case against the gang.
Mr. Babu said more than 300 kg meat obtained from unauthorised slaughter had been seized during the drive. He said it was mostly diseased cattle that were slaughtered on the sly.
The meat of such cattle was a health hazard. Any information on unauthorised slaught of cattle in the city could be passed on to phone number 0474-2742192, he said.