Sunday, June 25, 2017

Ghee adulteration racket busted


PUNE: A ghee adulteration racket allegedly ran by a group of businessmen at Gokulnagar on Katraj-Kondhwa bypass was busted on Saturday night in a joint action of the officials of Pune police crime branch and Food and Drugs Administration (FDA).

The ghee adulteration unit in three rooms at lane number 3 at Gokulnagar in Kondhwa was busted after senior inspector Nitin Bhosale Patil of the crime branch (unit 1) received a tip-off. Police have taken three businessmen -Shersingh Ramsingh Rajput (26), Keshavsingh Sugasingh Rajput (28) and Gangasingh Sukhasingh Rajput (25) from Rajasthan -into custody for questioning.

Assistant commissioner of police (crime) Suresh Bhosale said, "The businessmen adulterated ghee by mixing hot oil. Investigations revealed that the suspects prepared packets of adulterated ghee and butter and supplied them to 16 dairies in the city." Senior inspector Bhosale-Patil said, "When we busted the unit, we found adulterated ghee and oil stored in several barrels.

S S Desai, joint commissioner, FDA, Pune, said, "The businessmen would add refined soyabean oil and hydrogenated vegetable oil or Vanaspati into small quantity of ghee to make adulterated ghee. For making butter, they would use cream, soyabean oil and water. They have been running the illegal manufacturing unit for a year-and-a-half. This is the biggest racket of adulterated ghee and butter found in Pune in recent times. A similar racket was busted in the Kondhwa area in 2006." FDA has seized around 450kg of adulterated ghee in loose packets and 100kg of butter.


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