3,000 kg GM apples seized in Bihar

Just when the Bihar’s Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh was dwelling at length in Patna “how MNCs were giving us poison in the form of genetically modified (GM) seeds,” the state police in Araria, some 400 km from here, seized 3,000 kg of GM apples. Also called as Chinese apples, the GM apples were smuggled into Indian territory from Nepal on small pick-up vans and bullock carts. The genetically modified apples have been declared unfit for human consumptions by the local doctors.

“Good apples improve the immunity system and help in reducing the cholesterol. They also kill bacteria thereby preventing the tooth from decaying. On the other hand, the GM apples do not have any such properties,” Dr S N Jha of Kishanganj Medical College argued.

Another noted orthopaedic Dr K S Anand too advocated against consumption of GM apples, or else, “these fruits will ensure visit to a doctor, instead of keeping them away.”

No wonder Araria’s Superintendent of Police (SP) Shivdeep Lande seized 3,000 kgs of the GM apples from Bihar-Nepal border and arrested three persons in this connection. The three persons apprehended, have been identified as Md Muzaffar, Md Rizwan, both drivers of the pick-up vans transporting the banned fruit and K K Saha, the middleman involved in apple trade. “Normally, these Chinese apples are very shiny and look tempting. These apples are available in Nepal at Rs 30 to Rs 40 per kg, but once it crosses the border and reaches Bihar, the same apples are sold for Rs 150 to Rs 200 per kg,” said the SP.

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