Chicken, mutton stall owners sustain losses over alleged bribe demand

Report by: 
M SURESH KUMAR
Port Blair
18 Oct 2017

Hopes of brisk business of chicken and mutton stall owners of Dairyfarm shattered this festive season over alleged demand of bribe by cops for transport of the livestock. According to reports, the stall owners found more than 50 domestic fowls and a goat dead on arrival after the vehicle in which the farm animals were being transported was stopped for more than five hours in the Middle Andaman region.
Speaking to EOI, some stall owners informed that for livelihood they procure domestic fowl and goats from livestock owners in the North and Middle Andaman region at regular intervals and get them transported to Port Blair. “The practice has been going on smoothly for the past many months, but shock was in store for us when police personnel deployed at check posts in different parts of Middle Andaman started making illegitimate demands for allowing the vehicle to travel to Port Blair. The vehicle was stopped for at least five hours as cops demanded a goat from us,” they alleged.
“After the vehicle arrived here, we found around 40-50 domestic fowls weighing more than 100 kg and a goat dead. Fowls need fresh air continuously while being transported from one place to another and the interruption caused is reason for their deaths. Many of us have sustained huge losses because of the incident,” they added.