Rawalpindi -  The owners and waiters of two restaurants manhandled the team of Punjab Food Authority in Murree for sealing and issuing notices to the restaurants over lack of cleanliness and sale of unhygienic food to tourists, sources informed The Nation on Thursday.

The violent owners and their employees also de-sealed two restaurants forcefully besides threatening the PFA raiding team.

Local police rushed to the scene on complaint of PFA and controlled the situation.

According to sources, a team of PFA headed by Deputy Director Operations, Fareeha Anwar along with two police constables carried out raids on different restaurants and local hotels located on Mall Road in Murree and checked the kitchens.

During inspection, the team found quality of food and cleanliness condition unhygienic and dirty, sources said.

The team sealed two restaurants after finding cockroaches, filthy floors, dirty dresses of cooks, and lack of overall hygiene in the restaurants.

The staff also issued notices to three other restaurants for unhygienic conditions, sources said. On this, the owners and waiters of restaurants turned violent and manhandled the members of raiding team besides threatening Fareeha Anawar, the team head.

An official of PFA team told The Nation  that when they were about to enter Al-Maaz Restaurant, a large number of people surrounded them and one of them said he was representative of Murree Anjuman-e-Tajran and would not allow the PFA staff from inspecting the restaurant.

The official said that the authority had already inspected six to seven restaurants before entering the said restaurant.

He said that the employees of the restaurant and other hotels surrounded the PFA staff including female official and stopped them from entering the restaurant.

The representatives of Murree traders pushed and manhandled the staff. They snatched a camera from the staff and broke cell phone of a female staff when she tried to videotape the incident.

The PFA official further said the authority needed to carry out its work in Rawalpindi and other cities but was unable to do so in Murree. PFA Deputy Director Operations Fareeha Anwar said that the hotel employees and owners resisted against the inspection. She said that they conveyed the incident to their high-ups in Lahore and would lodge a complaint with Murree Police against the restaurant employees.

She said that the authority would not be daunted by the hotel owners and employees in Murree and they would continue action against unhygienic food.

On the other hand, Assistant Commissioner Sadder Division, Tasneem Ali Khan along with the staff of drug authority raided a factory near Adiala Jail where spurious medicines were being manufactured. The raiding team seized huge quantity of fake medicines and registered cases against the owners and other employees of the factory.

According to a raiding team member, the authority staff raided a building adjacent to the jail and found that fake medicines were being manufactured. The factory was sealed for further legal action.