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The High Court have asked the government to set up chemical test units in all land and sea ports in six months to resist harmful chemical-mixed fruits from entering the country.
The HC also asked the government to release imported fruits from the ports after conducting a chemical test to make sure that no fruits mixed with harmful chemicals can enter the land.
The court passed the directives in a full judgement on toxic fruits, which was released today.
The judgement was announced on February 29, 2012 following a writ petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh seeking its directives upon the government to stop use of chemicals in fruits.
In the verdict, the court directed police administration to deploy law enforcing agencies at mango orchards (commercial) in Rajshahi and in major harvesting areas to stop use of chemicals to ripe mangoes.
The court ordered the authorities to monitor fruits markets and warehouses through surveillance committees in every month all over the country so that none can engage himself in selling chemical-mixed toxic fruits in the markets.
The government has been asked to issue a circular to take legal steps against chemical-mixed fruits and to ensure that the perpetrators will be indicted under the provision of the law.
The government has to prepare a guideline to stop use of chemical in ripen fruits in six months and circulate the guidelines to the field-level administrations, the court said.
Writ petitioner's counsel Manzill Murshid told The Daily Star today that it is possible to stop using chemicals in fruits if the directives are followed as per the HC verdict.
The HC bench of Justice AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik and Justice Jahangir Hossain had announced the verdict on February 29, 2012 after hearing the writ petition.