5 Pakistanis Arrested in Counterfeit ‘Butter’ Raid

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BAHALWALPUR: Police on Sunday recovered 800 kilograms of spurious butter in a raid at a house. Five men caught preparing the butter were arrested.

The raid was ordered by DSP Malik Tanveer Ahmad and was supervised by Liaqatpur Station House officer Saifullah Khan.

The SHO said that the police had received complaints about a group of men who had set up a butter manufacturing unit in their house in Kachi Mandi. The house was raided on Sunday. Police said they recovered 800 kilograms of spurious butter prepared from hazardous chemicals and dangerous yellow dye.

Five men, later identified as Riasat Ali, Ata Muhammad, Muhammad Yaseen, Muhammad Ali and Muhammad Idrees, were arrested. Police said these men supplied the butter to small restaurants and small neighbourhood shops.

Police said the men told them that they sold the butter at Rs170 per kilogram. The buyers further sold it at Rs300 per kilogram. They said they had been selling it for years and claimed that they had not received any complaint from anybody.

Healthy Inspector Muhammad Ameen told The Express Tribune that samples of butter had been sent for laboratory test. The SHO said that an FIR had been registered against the five men under Sections 273, 272 and 420 (adulteration of food or drink intended for sale, sale of noxious food or drink, and fraud) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

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