MUMBAI: At the time when the whole of India along with Maharashtra has witnessed a steep hike in the covid cases, in a shocking incident, a factory which makes mattresses has been busted for allegedly using discarded masks instead of cotton or other permitted materials to manufacture mattresses.
According to reports, the police in Maharashtra's Jalgaon district cracked down a factory for allegedly using discarded face masks instead of cotton or other permitted materials to manufacture mattresses.
Based on a specific tip-off, the police officials swan into action and carried out a raid at the Maharashtra Mattress Centre, located in Jalgaon.
Further, Additional Superintendent of Police Chandrakant Gawali said that the police officials visited the premises of the factory and found a mattress being stuffed with used masks.
"A case was registered against the factory owner, Amjad Ahmed Mansoori. The police are now probing the involvement of others in the racket," said Gawali.
India generated 18,000 tonnes of COVID-19-related bio-medical waste between June and September 2020 alone, including gloves and face masks, according to Central Pollution Control Board data.
As per the latest reports, Lockdown in Maharashtra is on the cards, likely to be out in the next few hours, said sources on Tuesday (April 13, 2021) afternoon.
Uddhav Thackrey-led government is mulling stricter 'Break the Chain' restrictions and for which the lockdown may be announced at 8:30 PM today till April 30.
The state government has reportedly discussed the plan with other senior political leaders and the COVID-19 Task Force.
Earlier on April 12, Maharashtra School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad announced on Monday that class 10 and 12 board exams will be postponed given the current COVID situation in the state.