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Siliguri: Police in Siliguri have arrested the owner of a sauce manufacturing unit for making “tomato” sauce from rotten pumpkin, and formalin ~ a chemical considered harmful for humans.

Bholanath Roy was picked up by a team of detectives from his factory located at Eastern Bypass in Siliguri today afternoon. At the time of the police raid, workers were heating up a mixture of pumpkin, arrowroot, and formalin to make a fresh consignment of “tomato” sauce.

Siliguri police commissioner Sunil Chaudhary said that apart from the raw materials and chemicals, some labels of a sauce brand have been found at Roy’s factory. It is suspected that Roy not only supplied sauce to retailers in Siliguri but in other parts of Bengal as well.