A mobile court of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) on Friday
sealed off a factory at Hazaribagh in the capital for using toxic tannery waste
in making poultry and fish feed that contains hazardous chemical chromium.
The mobile court also fined two people including the owner
of the factory Tk 4 lakh. At the same time, the court fined the owner two years
The mobile court led by RAB's executive magistrate AHM Anwar
Pasha conducted a drive at Hypo Feed factory at 42/8/Ka Sonatongarh at
Hazaribagh Beribandh area on early Friday afternoon. He was assisted by a team
Those who received jail sentence were the factory's director
Md Saiful Islam, 24, and his associate Md Jamal Mia, 32. Each of them was fined
Tk 2 lakh. Besides, Saiful was given two years' jail sentence.
Executive magistrate AHM Anwar Pasha said the factory owner
Khalil has been suffering from cancer. In absence of him, Saiful and Jamal had
been making poultry and fish feed using the toxic waste of tannery.
"They collect the wastes from tanneries first and then
boil it. These wastes are usually generated from nearly 200 tanneries at
Hazaribagh. After boiling they dry the wastes up in sunshine. Later, feeds are
produced grinding the wastes into powder," he said.
Pasha said a sack of poultry feed and a sack of fish feed
were examined at the Nutrition Unit of Bangladesh Agriculture Research Council
(BARC) after purchasing them from the factory secretly. In the examination, it
was found that the poultry feed contained 4205.70ppm chromium while the fish
feed contained 4971 ppm chromium which poses serious risks to human health.
The permissible limit of chromium in human body is 10-60mg,
according to researchers.
The factory was selling its feeds to various poultry, fish
and duck farms. After consuming the chickens and fishes, people become the
victims of deadly diseases like cancer, kidney ailments and liver cirrhosis,