Over 15000 trout fish die due to poisonous chemical in north Kashmir stream

Over 15000 trout fish die due to poisonous chemical in north Kashmir stream
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Arshad Farooq

Langate, Feb 2: Authorities in north Kashmir on Friday issued an advisory asking people to refrain from consuming water from Nallah’s and lift pumps.
The advisory came after thousands of Trout fish were found dead Friday morning at a farm in Langate area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
An official said that more than 15,000 trout fish have been found dead. “The cause of the death on such a large scale is being ascertained but prima facie it seems the handiwork of the mischevious elements who might have sprayed some poisonous chemicals into the Mawar Nallah,” he said.
He added that investigation has been launched by police as they have even picked up the samples from the Nallah.
Showkat Ahmad, Additional Director Fisheries Kupwara said that the lethal effect of the chemical sprayed into the stream could be gauged from the fact that within few minutes over 15,000 trout fish died while some of them were overweight.
In the advisory issued by authorities people from at least 24 villages have been asked not to consume water from the stream till it is cleaned. People have also been asked not to consume water from lift pumps including Sherhama, Pohrupet and Panditpura.
A team of experts from Srinagar rushed to spot to examine the poisonous water and help determine the exact cause of mortality of fish, said an official.
Meanwhile, SDPO Handwara said that police have registered an FIR regarding this issue and the investigation is going on. He however advised people not to use tap water for precautionary measures till the investigation is completed.
“We have collaborated with PHE department and the local administration and we are supplying the drinking water through PHE tankers, there is no need to panic,” SDPO Handwara added.
In this context FIR no 6/2018 US 428 RPC is lodged at PS Qalamabad and investigation taken up.
Earlier, independent leader and MLA Langate, Er Rasheed along with the officers of civil and police administration visited the entire area and during a joint meeting which was attended by both civil and Police administration, army officers apologized over the incident and ensured that such incidents will be avoided in the future.
However, Rasheed insisted on stern action against the culprits and an FIR was lodged over the issue in the local police station Qalamabad.
Rasheed also assured the residents that all measures will be taken to ensure that people to get pure drinking water and such incidents will not be repeated in future.