BENGALURU: Members of the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission on Tuesday raided a manufacturing facility at Magadi near the city on charges that it was using rotten tomatoes to make tomato sauce.
Based on a complaint filed by the Karnataka Manava Hakkugala Samiti, an NGO, SHRC raided a firm called Sanghavi Limited, owned by K Rajanna, at Kachohalli in Bengaluru North taluk (near Magadi) on Tuesday afternoon. During the raid, it was found apart from using rotten tomatoes, the facility had zero cleanliness, with waste water and chemicals being used to facilitate the manufacturing process.
Samiti state president Srinivas Gowda told Express that Sanghavi had been raided in the past as well. “We also found that the employees of the company had no benefits, while their salaries were being paid erratically. They also did not have uniforms. It was found that water from a toilet was being used in the manufacturing process,” he said.
During the raid, it was found that Rajanna did not even have a licence to run the establishment. “He did not have any permissions from the government either. A notice will be issued to him shortly,” said Gowda.
Karnataka SHRC acting chairperson Meera Saxena confirmed the raid and said they were waiting for a report. “Once we get the report, we will study it and ascertain the action that can be taken We got a complaint on this a few days ago,” she said.
De-addiction Centre Raided
The SHRC team also raided ‘Hosa Jeevana,’ a deaddiction centre also located in Magadi, owned by one Kumar. It is said that there were complaints about inmates being beating up. Meera Saxena said that once a report is prepared about it, suitable action will be be taken.