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Poultry sale despite ban

Raiganj, Feb. 7: Despite a ban on the sale of poultry products across Bengal, it is business as usual in North Dinajpur. Chickens, ducks and eggs are being sold openly in almost all the markets of this district town.

There is no visible drive whatsoever by either the district administration or the municipality against the sale of such products.

According to official sources, bird flu had been detected in Suron and Gulandhar gram panchayats in Itahar block where more than 22,000 chickens had been culled.

The district administration has imposed prohibitive orders under Section 144 of the CrPc on these two gram panchayats to make sure that birds are not transported to other areas.

But this measure was hardly successful in arresting the clandestine transportation of birds from the affected areas. Milan Das, a chicken trader at Mohanbari market here, said no one had objected to them selling chicken or eggs.

While the chairman of Raiganj Municipality Mohit Sengupta said he had not received any specific instruction from the district administration regarding the ban on the sale of poultry products, subdivisional officer Ashoke Kumar Das said he has asked the BDOs to remain vigilant and take action against the chicken traders.

Deputy chief medical officer of health Deepak Bhowmik said eating chicken or eggs would not be safe since Raiganj town was not far from Itahar.

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