Arrested fruit sellers released on bail; DESAM demands action

IMPHAL, 20th June: Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal West on Monday released the three fruit sellers/traders, who were arrested on the charge of applying unknown chemical to bananas and selling them to the public. The trio was granted bail on furnishing PR bond of Rs 50,000 and surety each.

Those accused of unethical trade practice but freed from further detention included Shaktinath Prasad (35), son of Jagadish Prasad of Chhathu Shah, Bihar presently a resident of Majorkhul; Dost Mohammad Ansari (58), son of Samsuddin Ansari of Fulwara Tejpur, Bihar presently staying at Nagamapal Singjubung Leirak; and Ngathem Budha Singh (60), son of (Late) Ng Birchand Singh of Nagamapal Thong Leirak.

It is informed that large quantities of bananas seized from their possession were already disposed of by City police some days after their arrest while containers of unknown chemical the three were found using to ripen the bananas have been sent to Forensic Laboratory, Pangei for test.

Meanwhile, taking serious note over use of chemicals for ripening fruits, Democratic Students' Alliance of Manipur (DESAM) has demanded the government to take befitting action against the culprits and not to release them on bail.

DESAM urged the government to conduct drives at all the places where adulterated consumable items are sold in the market and take up all necessary measures to prevent such illegal and harmful practices. Issuing a statement in this regard, DESAM deputy publicity & propaganda secretary S Nikita Chanu asked the government to develop and strengthen the state food testing laboratory

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