Vol. 5 Num 411 Sun. July 24, 2005  
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'Mineral Water’
Owners of two factories fined for packaging tap water

A mobile court yesterday fined owners of two factories in the capital Tk one lakh for packaging tap water in the polythene bags and selling those as mineral water.

The court led by Magistrate Rokanuddoulla yesterday visited two mineral water factories in Shyamoli and South Shahjahanpur and found water was being packaged without obtaining certificates from the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institute (BSTI)

Recently, the home ministry has formed two mobile courts to try instantly the crooked restaurateurs and food producers after The Daily Star ran a series of reports on adulteration of food.

During the drive in Shyamoli, the court fined Shaon, owner of the factory, Tk 50,000 under the BSTI (amended) Act-2003. It also filed a case against him under the section 272 of the Bangladesh penal code. In absentia, he was instantly sentenced to six months in prison. Besides, the court sent two workers of the factory to jail for a month.

In South Shajahanpur, the court fined Anisur Rahman, the owner of Asia Mineral Water Company, Tk 50,000. It also sentenced him to six months' rigorous imprisonment in absence of him.

CAUGHT RED-HANDED... A mobile court in a raid finds workers of a fake company in the capital's Mohammadpur filling tap water in polybags yesterday to sell it as mineral water. PHOTO: STAR