Fish deaths caused by alleged poisoning investigated
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A fish farm in Trigam, Bandipora, one of the 22 districts in Jammu and Kashmir state in northern India (Photo:

 
A fish farm in Trigam, Bandipora, one of the 22 districts in Jammu and Kashmir state in northern India. (Photo: Stockfile/FIS)

 

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Tuesday, August 01, 2017, 03:00 (GMT + 9)

 

Jammu and Kashmir state Government will start an investigation to determine the cause of death of over 2000 fish at a state aquaculture farm in Bandipora, in the north of India, due to alleged poisoning.

“We would also look into the reasons due to which the Directorate fisheries, Kashmir didn’t initiate an inquiry into the case after a report was submitted to him by the assistant director fisheries,” state government minister Abdul Gani Kohli told Rising Kashmir.

The minister announced the main person accused of having sprinkled bleaching powder at the fish farm and his accomplice will also be investigated.

Meanwhile, ministry sources said Director Fisheries mentioned two inspectors of the department for their alleged involvement in deaths of thousands of fish.

As part of the investigations, the Deputy Commissioner of Bandipora ordered an inquiry into the matter and the water samples were collected for analysis.

The expert in charge of the case declared that the mass fish killing had occurred due to consumption of poison-like substance or bleaching powder.

The initial investigation in the case revealed that a Deputy Inspector of the Fisheries department facing multiple inquiries had sprinkled bleaching powder in the fish farm after an inquiry team found illegal extraction in the restricted trout zone maintained by him.

The Fisheries department constituted a committee to investigate the allegations of corruption and illegal extraction against the inspector.

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