Bodu Bala Sena surrounds Dematagoda abattoir


Monks of the Bodu Bala Sena prganisation and police inspect the stocks of meat that were brought into the city during the early hours of last morning.Pics. by Nishan S. Priyantha

By Dilanthi Jayamanne 

The Bodu Bala Sena yesterday exposed over 15,000 kilos of meat as illegally slaughtered when they surrounded six lorries at the CMC Abattoir in Dematagoda. 

The stocks which had been brought into the city in the lorries, during the early hours of yesterday, were estimated to be worth approximately Rs. 10 million.

A spokesman for BBS, Ven. Ananda Thera, said that the lorries had arrived in Dematagoda from Galgamuwa, Bingiriya, Udappuwa, Kekirawa, Maradankadawela and Medawachchiya. The slaughtered stock included milk cows, calves and buffaloes. Although the lorries had been issued permits to transport the stock they did not have the permits which had been given to slaughter the cattle.

Ven. Ananda said that they had been on the lookout for the lorries on a tip off they had received on Thursday (28) evening. They arrived in Colombo around 4.00 a.m. yesterday. He said the BBS had informed the Dematagoda Police, while the CMC Veterinarians had reached the Abattoir after six in the morning.

He alleged that the CMC Veterinary Department had been reluctant to assist in investigations. The BBS had urged the Dematagoda Police to carry out further investigations.

Meanwhile Chief Municipal Veterinarian Dr. I V. P. Dharmawardane said that the incident had only caused great inconvenience to those who had transported the meat. There was nothing illegal about the stocks that were brought into the City. The slaughter of the cattle was approved by the authorities in the relevant areas.

Usually, the approval certification is given by the MOH or the PHI of the relevant area for slaughtering cattle. Certification Details are also sent to the CMC. He said that the Environment police too had been involved for some time to ensure the legality of the process.

There was a slot for the PHI signature even in the certification given by the Police which some PHIs refused to sign.

Dr. Dharmawardane said the city required approximately 20,000 kilos of meat per month. 

The Veterinary Department earlier had ordered for the skins of the cattle also to be brought along with the head as well so that they could detect any buffaloes. Instructions had also been given to bring the reproductive system of the cattle in order to identify the gender.

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