The police probe into the ‘Tsunami’ meat issue seems to have reached nowhere with the police failing to trace the main accused Kochukoya, the owner of pealing centre from where 1,000 kg of ‘tsunami’ meat was seized two months ago.
The Ernakulam District and Principal Session’s Court and Kerala High Court had denied anticipatory bail to Kochukoya hailing from Palluruthy. The case is currently being investigated by a team led by Circle Inspector, Palluruthy. Despite frequent intimation from the court, the police could not make any progress in their investigation.
The Health Department which seized the meat from Palluruthy had found that the meat was brought from Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. However, the police investigation could not unearth the source and people supplying the rotten meat. Sources said the team did not even travel to these states and the assistance of cyber cell was not sought yet to trace Kochukoya. However, the officials said the search for the accused is still on. “The investigation is making slow progress. It is not true to say that police is not doing anything. We have alerted the police stations across the state. The assistance of Cyber Cell would be sought if required. We are planning to come out with a ‘Look-Out Notice’ against Kochukoya. Procedures in this regard would initiated in the coming days,” a police officer in the investigation team said.
Meanwhile, Health Department officials suspect that supply of the Tsunami meat is still on. Many officials with the Health Department are of the opinion that the Food Safety Department is not doing enough to prevent usage of rotten meats in the hotels and bakeries.
Meanwhile, Bakers Association Kerala president P M Shankaran, in a press release, said that Commissionerate of Food Safety Department should directly launch a probe on the supply and usage of ‘tsunami’ meat in the city. “People should respond to the matter as they are the ones who are affected most. It has been found that rotten meat was supplied from Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal. We had announced a reward of `1 lakh to people who give information regarding the usage of ‘tsunami’ meat. We had requested the Health Minister to take stern action against people who sell rotten meat,” he said.
It was on September 7 that the Health officials of the Kochi Corporation seized 1,000 kg of rotten beef suspected to be brought from Karnataka and Andra Pradesh from the peeling centre in Palluruthy. The seized beef consisted of lungs and liver parts.