Saturday, June 02, 2007


GANGTOK, June 01: Popular fast food corner of the Capital ‘Quick Bite’ at MG Marg here is back in business.

The fast food outlet raised its shutters again today evening after temporary sealing against the illegal use of domestic LPG cylinders and unhygienic kitchen conditions.

With the arrest of Quick Bite proprietors earlier under Section 7 of Essential Commodities Act 1957, raids were also carried out by Sikkim Police and officials of Food Department in several other hotels sand restaurants in Gangtok and around the State leading to several arrests, shop seals and seizure of domestic cylinders from commercial outlets.

Claiming the raid as an abrupt act without formal notice, the proprietor of Quick Bite today claimed that the whole exercise was an act of harassment. He also pointed that raids were carried out in only a few restaurants and hotels in the Capital abandoning several other posh hotels with similar inconsistencies.

Today evening, SDM, AK Singh along with the proprietor and other officials visited Quick Bite for its reopening. Mr. Singh informed that during the raid on May 27, not just Quick Bite but other hotels and eateries in MG Marg were also raided and sealed. He also pointed that seven restaurants will be under scrutiny on the basis of hygiene.

But as speculations traveled faster than the raid team, several food outlets and hotels were found shut down in anticipation of similar checks.