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Animals’ bone powder seized; factory sealed

Animals’ bone powder seized; factory sealed

TOBA TEK SINGH: A special task force team raided on Thursday Chak 367-JB in Gojra and sealed a factory where allegedly the powder of rotten bones of animals was being manufactured and supplied to the manufacturers of medicines, cattle and poultry feed and custard powder.

Gojra Assistant Commissioner (AC) Asif Ali Dogar, who led the team, told reporters that they had been alerted by an intelligence agency regarding the preparation of health hazardous bone powder in the factory, located on three acres.

During the raid, the officials found thousands of kilogrammes of rotten and spoiled bones which were being grinded in machines. The AC said the harmful powder had been producing in the factory for the last several years and its unbearable stench had made the village full of pollution.

No owner of the factory was present there at the time of the raid. Only a dozen male and female workers were present in the factory.

The Health Department has written to the environment department to get registered a case against factory owners.

ACTION: Deputy Commissioner Muazzam Iqbal Sipra took serious notice of the complaint of sale of plots by the owners of illegal housing colonies in the district.

At a meeting of the District Planning and Design Committee on Thursday, he ordered action against a district council’s planning officer for concealing facts of an illegal housing colony regarding issue of a no-objection certificate to it on behalf of the district council.

The meeting learned that a 302-kanal colony had been set up in Toba Tek Singh for which its owner had not obtained any no-objection certificate for sewerage, roads and drinking water supply from departments. He ordered a probe into the issue.

Published in Dawn, August 25th, 2017

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