A joint team of officers from the Chief Minister’s Flying Squad, Faridabad Police and Food Security Department on Tuesday dismantled a manufacturing unit producing fake soybean chaap in Mujesar Industrial Zone, Sector 22 Three underage boys working in the unit were also rescued in the operation, police said.
Police recovered 20,000 kg of refined wheat flour, chemical fertilizers and 200 kg of fake soybeans from the unit. Anil Kumar, a resident of Faridabad identified as the prime suspect, set up the unit which had been operating for 18 months. He was arrested at the scene, police said.
Rajesh Kumar, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), CM’s flying squad, said the unit made fake soy chaap from refined wheat flour and sold it for ₹60 per kilogram. “The original soybean chaap is sold for ₹290 per kg in stores. Anil was selling the wheat product at a lower price to get maximum orders and establish his brand. He also hired three underage boys from a nearby village to work for him except for two other employees,” he said.
The workers were paid ₹300 for working 10 hours a day. “The product was prepared in unhygienic conditions and the raid team found a foul smell emanating from the unit. They found products packed in five bags, ready for delivery by Anil to the area,” said Kumar added.
The incident came to light on Monday after police received a tip on the basis of which a team was formed to carry out the raid. DSP Kumar, the owner, did not produce a valid license and confessed to the crime. “The food safety team collected samples which were sent to be tested in laboratories. During the interrogation, the suspect revealed that due to the high demand for soy chaap in the market, he had started making the product with refined wheat flour because it was cheaper ( ₹35 per kg),” he said.
“Anil earned more than ₹5 lakh per month as it was a high margin business. It has supplied many top restaurants in Delhi-NCR and upscale residential areas,” added DSP Kumar. A case under Section 79 of the Juvenile Justice Act and Sections 7 and 10 of the Essential Commodities Act has been registered against the suspect at Mujesar Police Station.
Mukesh Malhotra, deputy police commissioner (crime), said cops carried out spot checks in the industrial zone last week and took strict action against people operating illegal units. “The soy unit did not have the necessary permits for food processing and packaging. The owner was endangering the health of consumers with an adulterated product,” he said. Malhotra said they are interviewing the suspect to find out which areas of Gurugram, Noida, Delhi and Faridabad he supplied as well as the people and companies who bought the product from him.