Kolkata: With the carcass-meat episode still fresh in the minds of Kolkatans, police have now seized a truck-load of rotten meat and animal bones near the city airport.
During a routine night check on passing vehicles last night, a team from the Airport police station came across a lorry whose entire freight carrier was covered with tarpaulin sheets. Despite this, a string stench was emitting from the lorry making it difficult to stand by the road.
This made the police to stop the lorry near Airport Gate No 2 and question the driver and his assistant as to what is that they were ferrying in the lorry. The duo failed to give satisfactory a reply and this made the cops to remove the tarpaulin sheet to peep inside.
The cops were taken aback to find a huge volume of animal bones and rotten meat on the carrier of the lorry.
On being queried, the driver claimed that he had loaded the consignment from Berachampa in North 24-Parganas and was to go to Bihar via the Belghoria Expressway that runs next to the airport. The driver, however, failed to show any document pertaining to the consignor or the consignee.
Following this, police confiscated the lorry and arrested the driver and his assistant. Police say that they were trying to ascertain as to from where the bones and rotten meat were loaded into the truck and for what the same was being transported.
The seizure comes close on the heels of the police busting a racket in Kolkata that used to collect meat from carcasses in the dumping grounds in and around the city and then supply the same to restaurants in packets in the garb of fresh meat.