A snack kiosk on Navsari railway station was sealed on Friday after a passenger found a fried rat along with a dish of pakoras he ordered.
A medical representative and resident of Ahmedabad, S M Arora, travelled to Navsari for his personal work few days ago. After finishing his work, he returned to Navsrai Railway station on Thursday and was waiting for Saurashtra express train on Platform no. 1.
Arora, bought a plate of pakoras from Swati Enterprise a catering enterprise on platform No.1. While eating he found a dead fried rat in the plate. He complained it to the stall employee. A heated exchange of words took place between them, following which, he went to station master A D Patel and lodged a complaint against Swati Enterprise and the catering stall owner.
The complaint was later transferred to Bela Meena Senior Divisional Commercial Manager (DCM) of Western Railway at Mumbai. Station Manager A D Patel also called health inspector from Surat to Navsari and the plate of pakoras was sealed and sent to Western Railway Catering and Monitoring cell, at Mumbai. By the orders of Sr. DCM, the catering stall was sealed by the railway officials of Mumbai.
Talking to the Indian Express Navsari Railway Station Manager A D Patel said, “We have sealed the plate and sent it to the Western Railway Catering and Monitoring Cell for further investigations. The Swati stall has been sealed, by the orders of higher officials. We are still awaiting the investigation report from the Catering department of Mumbai and later we will take strict legal action accordingly against the stall owner.”
Sources in Western Railway Catering and Monitoring cell at Mumbai said that they will call Arora to Mumbai and record his statements along with the statements of Navsari Railway Station Manager A D Patel, after the lab test of the pakora plate. The stall owner of Swati enterprise and his employee will also be called to Mumbai to record their statements which will be followed by further action.