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Curbing chemical use

Monitor fruit markets: HC

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka

The High Court (HC) yesterday (Monday) directed the authorities concerned to form separate teams to monitor fruit markets and warehouses across the country to see that chemicals are not used in fruits. An HC bench, comprising Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader, passed the order after holding hearing on a supplementary petition, filed by the rights group Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh.

The HC bench also asked the inspector general of police, director general of the Rapid Action Battalion, and the chairman and director of the Bangladesh Standards Testing Institute (BSTI) to form separate teams within seven days to monitor the fruit markets and warehouses.

It also directed them to submit reports before the court after complying with the order by June 18.

Advocate Manzill Murshid, president of the HRPB, told the court that if the fruit markets and warehouses were not monitored during this time, unscrupulous businessmen would use harmful chemicals in fruits that would affect public health. The Rajshahi divisional commissioner submitted a report to the HC through deputy attorney general ABM Abdullah Al Mahmud Bashar, saying that a magistrate and policemen have been deployed in the mango orchards of Rajshahi as per its previous order.

On April 9, the HC had directed the authorities concerned to deploy the police within seven days in major mango orchards across the country, including Rajshahi, to prevent the use of chemicals in mangoes. The court had also directed that a report on this be submitted within the next 30 days.

Manzill told the court that following a writ petition, the HC, on February 29, 2012, had issued several directives to the government to stop the use of hazardous chemicals in fruits and to take action against people responsible for using these chemicals. But some dishonest people are still reportedly using hazardous chemicals in fruits, particularly mangoes, during the harvesting season, he said.

On February 29, 2012, the HC had passed a verdict to stop the use of poisonous chemicals in fruits following a petition filed by the group.

 

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