Deploy cops to stop use of chemicals in mangoes: HC

Staff Correspondent

10 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The High Court on Tuesday ordered the government to immediately deploy police at major mango orchards across the country, including in Rajshahi to prevent the use of toxic chemicals in mangoes.

An HC bench comprising Justice FRM Nazmul Ahsan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader came up with the order after hearing on a petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB).

HRPB’s Chairman Manzill Murshid filed the petition on Sunday with the HC praying to the higher court to pass necessary order to prevent the use of chemicals in fruits.

The HC in its order asked the Rajshahi divisional commissioner, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of police of Rajshahi range to comply with the order.

The court also ordered the authorities concerned to form a monitoring team to monitor the godowns of mangoes and other fruits markets in Dhaka through surveillance teams so that harmful chemicals cannot be used in fruits.

Advocate Manzill Murshid said the court also asked the IGP, managing director of BSTI, director general of RAB, BSTI director (chemical testing wing) to comply with the order and submit a report on this within one month.

 Industries secretary, home secretary, food secretary, IGP, BSTI managing director, RAB DG, BSTI director (chemical testing wing), Rajshahi divisional commissioner, DIG Rajshahi Range and NBR chairman were made respondents to the writ.

Earlier, on February 29, 2012, following HRPB’s writ petition, the High Court had issued several directives on the government to stop the use of toxic chemicals in fruits and to take action against the people responsible for it.

But some dishonest traders and growers are reportedly using toxic chemicals in fruits, particularly mangoes during the harvesting seasons violating the HC directive as the HRPB again submitted the supplementary petition in this matter.