NSA, Gangster Act against food adulterators: Kanpur DM

Acting tough on those indulging in food adulteration, the district administration on Monday said that the National Security Act and Gangster Act would be invoked against people involved in such activities.

Updated: Jul 05, 2010, 18:11 PM IST

Kanpur: Acting tough on those indulging in
food adulteration, the district administration on Monday said that
the National Security Act and Gangster Act would be invoked
against people involved in such activities.

"Strict measures would be taken against those who are
involved in the adulteration process. If food is found
adulterated after laboratory tests, then action will be taken
against the culprits under the National Security Act and
Gangster Act so that the accused will not get bail early,"
District Magistrate (Kanpur) Mukesh Mesram said.

The step is a part of the Uttar Pradesh government`s
drive against those allegedly involved in food adulteration.

Incidentally, IIT-Kanpur yesterday ordered an inquiry
when it was found that the food that was to be served to Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh during his visit to the institute was
adulterated.

A day before the PM`s visit to IIT-Kanpur on July 3,
food samples were sent for testing to a laboratory in Lucknow
which sent its report two hours before the arrival of the
prime minister, he said.

"According to the report, adulteration was reported in
the pulses and muskmelon seeds," Mesram said, adding he had
alerted the Special Protection Group (SPG) about it.

"In January 2010, the district administration sent
samples of 547 food products to Lucknow laboratory, out of
which 91 were found adulterated. An FIR will be soon
registered against those who were found to be involved in food
adulteration," the DM said.

PTI