J. Balaji

Illegal furnaces being operated to extract animal fat

Animal slaughter on municipal land in Meerut

NEW DELHI: The National Human Rights Commission has directed Meerut’s District Magistrate Kamini Chauhan Ratan and Municipal Commissioner Sanjay Krishna to remove furnaces used for extraction of fat from animal bones and stop illegal animal slaughter activity on municipal land in Meerut.

The action taken report must be submitted to the Commission by the two officers by June 23, it ordered.

The two officers appeared before the full Commission, in response to its summons, on Thursday after an NHRC spot investigation team submitted its report following a complaint.

Mr. Krishna told the Commission that the abattoir was not functioning on the land earmarked by the Municipal Corporation and the contract for 2009-10 was yet to be given out.

However, animals were being slaughtered on adjoining land which was encroached upon by people long ago.

He said illegal furnaces were being operated to extract fat from animal bones.

However, Mr. Krishna “could not give a satisfactory answer to the question whether the land where illegal activity had been going on belonged to the Corporation or not”.

He was also evasive over whether the Corporation approached the District Administration or the Police for removal of encroachment from its land, said an NHRC release.

Ms. Kamini Chauhan Ratan said preliminary orders under Section 133 CrPC for removal of furnaces had been issued.

She assured the Commission that she would coordinate with the DIG of Police, Meerut Range, and see that the furnaces are removed/demolished within 15 days.

Mr. Krishna too assured the Commission that the slaughter of animals on land belonging to the Corporation would be stopped within 15 days with the help of the local administration and the police.