3 women arrested for carrying chickens from Bengal

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Rourkela,Jan 30 (UNI) Rourkela railway police today arrested three women from Medinipur on charges of bringing chicken illegally from West Bengal violating prohibitory orders.

The Orissa government had imposed prohibitory orders in four districts of Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Keonjhar and Sundergarh, bordering West Bengal and Jharkhand, banning import of poultry and poultry products.

Rourkela Sub-Collector Mahindra Patnaik said the three women-- identified as Hasina Khatun, Razia Begum and Radhan Nayak, from Kereikola area were arrested at the Rourkela Railway station after they got down from the 8005 Howrah-Koraput Express this morning.

They had brought 177 chickens along with them from West Bengal to sell.

Police seized the chickens and buried them after culling, he said.

In a separate incident the district animal husbandry department officials acting on a tip-off today seized another 75 chicks from Chandan Ghadei, a vendor of the same area, and sent samples for test to ascertain the presence of the dreaded H5N1 virus.

Kendrapada Chief District Veterinary Officer Girish Sar said Ghadei had allegedly brought 8-day old chickens for selling them at the coastal Keradagada village under Rajnagar block in the district.

During inquiry, he failed to produce the necessary documents. He has been asked to produce the documents within the next 24 hours.

Mr Sar said if the vendor failed to provide the necessary documents, the chicks would be culled.

The animal husbandry unit had collected the blood samples of the seized chicks and sent them to Animal Disease Research Institute (ADRI) at Phulnakhara.The samples would be later sent to High Security Animal Disease Laboratory at Bhopal to ascertain the presence of bird flu virus.

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