Visakhapatnam: The legal metrology department conducted surprise raids on meat shops in Anakapalli and Vizag on the morning of 5 April. They raided 18 shops and booked cases against nine after it was found that they manipulated the weighing machines and cheat the customers.

The price of meat has touched Rs. 800 per kg and traders were cheating customers of at least Rs. 150 through faulty weighing machines.

The assistant controller of the legal metrology department, P.V Ranga Reddy, who led the raid after receiving complaints, said the raids were conducted on shops located in Gavarapalem, Parameswari Park Centre, Gangirevu Chettu Junction, Santabayulu, Gowri Granthalayam, and the main road. He said the sellers had converted the weighing machines from kgs to liter mode thereby causing huge losses to the customers. “People have been losing Rs. 130 to Rs. 160 per kg. We booked cases and seized the weighing machines,” Mr Ranga Reddy said.

A local RTI activist, Kandregula Venkataramana, was also present during the raids. He said the quality and weight of the meat has been affected by high demand. He suggested the authorities file criminal cases against the sellers since their misconduct was causing health hazards to people

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