Vendors selling rats at a daily Sunday market in Assam’s Baksa district

Baksa: This bit of news may come as a shocker to many. Amid the Coronavirus scare across the country, local markets along the Indo-Bhutan border are selling rats. These markets are just 90 km from Guwahati, and the development at this point of time is raising questions about the functioning of the authorities.

When contacted by EastMojo, Baksa DC Ranjan Sarma said that the district administration is not aware of the selling of rat meat now. But he did maintain that it is a normal thing to sell rat meat as it is considered a traditional food item by the locals. Sarma said that authorities will take stringent steps against those involved.

Video footage available with the EastMojo shows buyers thronging these markets to buy their favourite meat of freshly trapped rats

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Rats are a delicacy among several ethnic communities in this part of the state and is consumed as part of their traditional food items. The meat is being sold for Rs 200 per kg, almost the same price as chicken in the weekly markets of Kumarikata, Nayabasti, Dumuni and Musalpur locality in Baksa district.

Video footage available with the EastMojo shows buyers thronging these markets to buy their favourite meat of freshly trapped rat.

Meanwhile, speaking with EastMojo, a local physician from Tamulpur civil hospital, on condition of anonymity, raised fear over the heedless attitude of the people and said that people should be aware of the deadly virus that can easily spread through animals like rats and frogs, among others.

He further appealed people to stay away from consuming meat of these species which can easily trigger and lead to an outbreak of the virus.

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