Around 80 kg of meat, suspected to be beef, was seized by police in Madhya Pradesh’s Singrauli district while it was allegedly being supplied from Chhattisgarh to a private canteen in Madhya Pradesh, on Saturday.
The canteen is situated at Piyari village which is 4 kilometers from Sasan where the Reliance Power Plant is located.
The additional SP of Singrauli Suryakant Sharma said that some engineers and other employees of the power major possibly ate food at the canteen. The cook of the canteen Ram Sagar Jaiswal has been detained for questioning.
Sharma told Hindustan Times that residents of Shivpahari village spotted two men on a motorbike carrying a rucksack from the adjoining Biharipur area of Surajpur district of Chhattisgarh on Saturday night.
Seeing the villagers, the bike-borne men left the rucksack and fled. When the villagers opened the rucksack they found polythene bags containing meat. Suspecting that the meat could be beef, the residents informed police after which the meat was seized.
“Subsequent investigation revealed that the meat was being supplied to the private canteen in Piyari village,” the ASP said.
The villagers told police that Jaiswal regularly sourced meat from Biharipur.
“We detained Jaiswal, 25, for questioning. He has revealed sourcing all kinds of meat, including pork, dog meat and buffalo meat, from two men in Biharipur with the help of another man,” the ASP said.
Following Jaiswal’s questioning, a search of the canteen in question was carried out by the police, but only vegetables and fish were found.“Five samples of the seized meat have been sent to a veterinary lab in Jabalpur. A case under section 429 of the IPC (mischief by killing or maiming cattle) and sections 4, 5 and 9 of MP Cow Progeny Slaughter Prevention Act 2004 has been registered against four persons,” the ASP said. “A letter has been sent to the Reliance Power plant administration seeking details about the private canteen,” he added.
When contacted, a senior official of Reliance group, on condition of anonymity, said, “The canteen is not a part of Sasan power project. The project management is not responsible for any canteen, which runs outside its premises. We have nothing to do with what the employees eat outside the premises and that too after office hours.