Kerala: Illegal medical waste dumping racket busted in Pollachi

A group of farmers noticed small pits that were dug up in a farm belonging to Manikandan and decided kept a close vigil since last night, police said.

By: PTI | Coimbatore | Published:September 12, 2016 3:29 pm

An alleged racket involving dumping of medical waste from Kerala, was busted in nearby Pollachi by an alert group of farmers, on whose tip-off one
person has been arrested in this connection, police said on Monday.

The matter came to light after farmers in C Gopalapuram on the outskirts of Pollachi had complained about foul smell emanating from an eight-acre farm land belonging to one Manikandan a few months ago there, police said. However, Manikandan had managed to convince them saying he was rearing white pigs and the smell could be that of it.

A group of farmers had then noticed small pits that were dug up in the farm and decided to monitor the activities of Manikandan and kept a close vigil since last night, police said.

To their surprise, they noticed a mini lorry entering the farm around 3 AM and dumping some bags into a pit. Immediately, the farmers rushed to the spot and found medical waste and parts of human body in the bags, they said.

Though a few persons managed to escape, one Shahul Hamid was caught and handed over to police. Hamid has been taken into custody for interrogation, and a hunt is on for Manikandan and others involved in it, police added.