Three meat stores were prosecuted by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) on Sunday, for slaughtering animals illegally, and selling unstamped meat.
The prosecution notices were served after an inspection of 11 meat shops in the Alwal circle.
Stating that the accused were prosecuted under sections 539, 548, 521,487 and 596 of the GHMC Act, the Times of India quotes veterinary officer, (North zone) GHMC, T Srinivas Reddy, saying, "Apart from slaughtering animals in residential areas, the shops prosecuted also had unhygienic conditions."
The TOI report adds that eight stores were prosecuted in total, of which, three of them were selling unstamped meat.
This comes a week after multiple raids on many piggery units in RK Puram, which resulted in hefty fines and closure notices.
The GHMC officials who visited the spot, said that several piggeries in the area were dumping animal waste into the RK Puram Lake, which has been constantly frothing since June.
Preliminary tests of the Pollution Control Board (PCB) had also showed that the lake may have frothed, due to a mixture of sewage and alleged dumping of animal waste.
In the first week of April, the GHMC appealed to all eateries across the city, to only use meat from notified slaughter houses, which are monitored, and maintain a better quality.
Following this, 69 hotels were raided by the municipal body, of which 54 were reportedly using stale meat and had dirty kitchens.
Even posh outlets like the Novotel hotel in Madhapur and a 'Best Price' Walmart outlet in the city were not spared, and fined Rs 30,000 and Rs 10,000 respectively, for violating norms.
Meat from certified slaughterhouses is costly due to which several eateries make their purchases from local butchers, thereby putting public health at risk.
Often, officials levy a heavy penalty on the eateries, or in some cases, shut them down until they are willing to refurbish the premises.