A grocery shop in Ambala was raided on Friday on the suspicion that it was selling “beef powder” even as the shopkeeper said “it is sattu” and attributed the “wrong” label to “printing error”.
A team led by Sub-Divisional Magistrate Shakti Singh raided the grocery shop on the direction of the Deputy Commissioner.
An anonyms complaint sent to state’s health minister Anil Vij said that “beef powder” was sold at the shop, and this Vij ordered a raid.
The team found sealed packets of suspicious powder, officials said. The packets were labelled as ‘corned beef’.
Civil Surgeon Vinod Gupta, who accompanied the team, said the sample has been sent to state laboratory. He said, manufacturing and expiry date were not printed on these packets.
The shopkeeper, however, said ‘corned beef’ was printed on the packet while in fact the product ‘sattu’ (powder of roasted wheat and gram) was filled in it.
However, the owner said, even though it was written ‘corned beef’, the product inside was ‘sattu’ (powder of roasted wheat and gram).
He said, he had purchased those empty packets from Delhi and he was not aware about the “printing error”.
He said he had mentioned ‘sattu’ on the packets with black marker.
Vij has ordered an inquiry.
Under the Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Gausamvardhan Bill, passed in March last year, cow trafficking, slaughtering and eating beef are banned in Haryana.
Cow slaughter may invite 3 to 10 years of jail term.