Chewing gum-stuffed roti was not there in the menu but it was there on the platter of a customer at the Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation’s Mermaid restaurant at Sukhna lake.
Sachin Goyal, a teacher with an IAS coaching academy, who had taken his 16 students for lunch at the restaurant, got a rude shock when he found chewed gum in the roti on Monday afternoon.
“After we found the gum, we called the staff. The staff requested us not to inform the senior authorities and offered to waive off the bill,” Goyal said.
Goyal said when they insisted on lodging a complaint, the staff made attempts to snatch the roti, leading to commotion. “Then we called up the police and lodged a complaint against CITCO for serving adulterated food,” he said.
Goyal also called the food safety cell at the government multispecialty hospital in Sector 16 for taking samples of the roti.
“Our entire day was wasted in lodging the complaint with the police and the food supply department. We were told that the food supply staff was not available as they were busy in a meeting. Then the cop from Sukhna Lake police post went with the sample to the food cell in Sector 16,” he said.
Goyal said they would lodge a formal complaint with the UT adviser Vijay Dev.
The UT home secretary Anurag Agarwal, when contacted, said, “This is quite serious. We will definitely look into the complaint and inquire into it.” CITCO MD, Kavita Singh, said they would fix the responsibility for the “blunder” and act accordingly.