AHMEDABAD: The grainy and fragrant pure ghee you trust to add to your cooking might not be as pure as you imagine, and it might not be ghee at all.
A unit producing fake ghee was raided by the vigilance squad of Director General of Police (DGP) on Tuesday. No less than 258 tins of counterfeit ghee of 25 kg each were seized in the operation. Investigators have arrested two persons from the spot while the search for two absconding accused persons is on.
According to vigilance squad officials, a team led by inspectors R L Solanki and N D Chauhan received a tip-off about a unit selling fake ghee under the garb of a soy oil production factory in Aslali.
Working on the information, the team raided Shreeji Trading in Rambhai Estate near Aslali on Tuesday morning. The team managed to nab Dharamshi Manek, a resident of Bodakdev and Parag Jobanputra, a resident of Satellite in Ahmedabad, from the spot.
“We found 258 packed tins from the spot with a market value of Rs 5.16 lakh. On verification, we found that it was adulterated ghee. When questioned, the owners said that they used soy oil, vegetable ghee, edible colour and fragrance to produce ‘pure ghee’ in the unit. The unit is an agency for soy oil marketing for the last two years. They claim to have started producing and marketing ghee in the last three months. We are yet to confirm the claim,” said Chauhan.
Investigators said that the two accused along with Paresh Sindhi and Bipin Rawal, both residents of Kubernagar and Sardarnagar, had hired four men for the production. They would first mix the ingredients and then add colour and fragrance.
“Interestingly, the ghee was not supplied to Ahmedabad or areas nearby. The concoction would be packed in tin of 25 kg each bearing labels of Marutinandan Castor Oil. The pack would also mention that the oil is not edible. It would then be delivered to dealers in Saurashtra who would sell the contents loose. While they would produce a tin for Rs 900, it sold for Rs 2,000. As it much cheaper than pure desi ghee, traders would buy this and sell to customers with a huge profit margin,” said a vigilance squad official.