"I know many people have stopped eating meat. A high-power committee headed by the chief secretary will probe the racket," she said, adding, "Once a fool-proof mechanism is put in place, we will tell people about actions taken and it is now safe to eat meat."
On 19 April, reports of meat from animal carcasses being mixed with fresh meat and being sold as the real thing emerged. Since then, rotten chicken meat has also been found at wholesale centres.
Over the past few days 11 people including a retired CPI(M) civic councilor from Kalyani in Nadia district have been arrested. Mamata Banerjee praised the swift action taken by the police in the matter. "You also know that this wasn't limited to West Bengal, they had links outside the state. Police did a good job, many people have been arrested," Ms Banerjee said.
A PIL has been filed by an environment activist at Calcutta High Court on May 4, demanding Judicial Intervention into the matter.
According to the chief minister, the eight-member panel that will probe the racket includes Kolkata's Police Commissioner, the DGP, the home secretary, Principal Secretary Health, Principal Secretary Municipal affairs and urban development, principal secretary Animal Husbandry, principal Secretary of food and supplies and the Additional secretary of Panchayat and Rural Development.
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