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Health department collects food samples from ‘illegal’ canteen at Ludhiana district court complex

Bar association members alleged that the canteen contractor has encroached upon the parking and toilet of the district court complex.

punjab Updated: May 12, 2017 10:08 IST
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Utensils and other items lying scattered at the canteen of the District Courts Complex in Ludhiana on Wednesday.
Utensils and other items lying scattered at the canteen of the District Courts Complex in Ludhiana on Wednesday.(Gurminder Singh/HT Photo)

The legal spat over the alleged encroachment of parking and toilet space by the canteen contractor snowballed into a major controversy when advocates from Ludhiana Bar Association confronted the former over serving poor quality food at the district court complex.

A health department team had collected samples of food and beverages being served in the canteen at the court complex on Wednesday. The report is expected to arrive within 20 days.

A high drama was witnessed when the advocates and canteen contractor got engaged in a violent scuffle after fungi infested food was found in the canteen stored near the urinals.

The bar association members said that the canteen contractor after being confronted over preparing eatables with fungi infested ingredients, turned hostile and wielded a sickle to threaten them.

fungi infested food recovered from the canteen at the District Courts Complex in Ludhiana on Wednesday. (HT Photo)

District bar association vice-president Harjot Harikay said, “We had informed the health department officials on Wednesday morning but their team arrived at the canteen at 4pm and delayed the sample collection until 7pm. We had submitted several complaints against the canteen contractor in the past over the poor quality of food and asked him to vacate the parking and toilet area encroached upon by him but he is being shadowed by a group of advocates.” 

Harikay added, “The canteen contractor has not paid the monthly rent for nearly one year and four cheques issued by him have bounced already. As the toilet area was encroached upon by him, we had to stall the renovation work of toilets for over four months. But as he resorted to hooliganism, it was high time that we take serious view of the matter so we reported the matter to the health department.” 

Utensils and other items lying scattered at the canteen near the urinals. (Gurminder Singh/HT Photo)

As the health department officials reached the area, the officials found that vegetables and edibles, including snacks were kept barely two-feet away from the urinals. 

Andesh Kang, district health officer, said, “All the rotten edibles and outdated beverages were destroyed on the spot and samples of various food and beverages, including ‘chutney’ and ‘raita’, were collected from the canteen in the district court complex and sent to the laboratory for examination. The report is expected to arrive within 20 days that will decide further course of action in the matter.”