On February 18, a video went viral on social media like wildfire that shows a man spitting on the food while working as a cook at a wedding. Soon after the video went viral, Meerut Police arrested one Naushad alias Suhail who had reportedly been working as a cook in wedding ceremonies for the last 15 years.
During interrogation, it was learnt that he had been spitting on roti (chapati) while cooking it for several years. In the video, he confessed to spitting on food for at least ten years. The video was shared by several netizens.
The location was identified as Aroma Garden, Meerut. Sachin Sirohi of Hindu Jagran Manch registered an FIR against the person who was identified as Naushad.
On February 20, Meerut Police acknowledged on Twitter that the station in-charge had been directed to investigate the case. As per reports, Yashoda Yadav, Vice President of Bar Association, Meerut, managed to locate Naushad.
Following his arrest, several other videos started circulating on social media with similar incidents.
After Naushad’s video, several other videos of people of a particular community involved in preparing food started doing rounds on social media. Please note that TheYouth is not verifying these videos.
In one of the viral videos, a man was seen spitting in the packing bag before putting the cooked chicken in it.
In another video, a man was seen spitting and adding dirty water in milk at a dairy.
In a video byte, Yashoda said that when she learned about the incident, she approached the police to file a complaint and found that Hindu Jagran Manch has already registered an FIR. She contacted a few people to find about the caterer who had hired Naushad. Once she got the information about the caterer, he was called to her place and directed to bring Naushad with him. He was handed over to the police for further action.
As per the Meerut Police statement, a case under several sections, including 269, 270, 188 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 3 of Epidemic Disease Act, has been registered against Naushad. The viral video in which Naushad was seen spitting on food was from February 16.
Naushad admitted that the person in the video is him, some reports suggest that he has denied the allegations of spitting on the food despite video evidence against him.