Af­ter stone hit, poor snacks shame Guwa­hati

Hindustan Times (Amritsar) - - Fifau17worldcup - Rahul Kar­makar rahul.kar­makar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

GUWA­HATI: The city ad­min­is­tra­tion has or­dered a mag­is­te­rial probe into sub­stan­dard snacks served at the Indira Gandhi Ath­let­ics Sta­dium, the venue for Group E matches of the on­go­ing U-17 World Cup soc­cer. The probe fol­lowed com­plaints lodged by of­fi­cials and spec­ta­tors.

“A four-mem­ber com­mit­tee that in­cludes the chief food se­cu­rity of­fi­cer con­ducted an in­vesti-

FOR GUWA­HATI, HOST­ING INT’L SPORT­ING EVENTS, THIS IS THE SEC­OND EM­BAR­RASS­ING IN­CI­DENT IN TWO DAYS

gation into the qual­ity of snacks such as pop­corn be­ing pre­pared, packed and sold ,” said M Anga­muthu, Kam­rup (Metropoli­tan) deputy com­mis­sioner.

Pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed a Delhi-based firm named Stan­dard Sweets and Cater­ers was given the con­tract to serve snacks dur­ing the tour­na­ment. But the firm gave a sub­con­tract to one Rahul Ku­mar of Thakur­pukur in Kolkata, who in turn as­signed the job to Bipul Saha of Barasat. Saha then gave the re­spon­si­bil­ity of pro­duc­ing, pack­ing and sell­ing the snacks to Kolkata’s Mani Mo­han Biswas.

“Our team in­spected a fac­tory near the sta­dium where the snacks were be­ing pro­duced. The fac­tory was sealed for not ad­her­ing to food safety norms,” Anga­muthu said.

The ven­dors, of­fi­cials said, would be pe­nalised af­ter the probe is com­pleted.

For Guwa­hati, host­ing in­ter­na­tional sport­ing events, this is the sec­ond em­bar­rass­ment in two days. On Tues­day, the Aus­tralian cricket team bus was dam­aged when mis­cre­ants pelted stones af­ter the sec­ond T20 match against In­dia at the Barsapara cricket sta­dium.

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