Srinagar, February 03 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, about 14,000 trout fish were found dead in a fish farm of Kutlari in Langate area of Kupwara district.

Member of the so-called Kashmir Assembly Engineer Abdur Rasheed in a statement in Srinagar said that the Indian army had thrown chemical which was the cause of the death of so many fish.

Chemical examination of water samples by a team of official from the Public Health Engineering Department, Srinagar, found the water of the stream highly contaminated with phenyl.

The stream feeds water to the fish farm and the three water schemes that supply drinking water to several villages. Fish in several other nearby ponds were also found dead.

District authorities asked people in 24 nearby villages not to consume the water till it is declared safe for drinking.

Engineer Rasheed said that army dumped an unspecified quantity of phenyl into a stream in Kupwara district the other night that killed trout fish in a nearby fish farm in Kutlari, Langate.

“Army personnel of the nearby unit (Lawosa, Nowgam army camp) accepted the guilt, saying they mistakenly threw chemical into the stream waters which caused death of fish,” Engineer Rasheed said.

“They even told me that they will apologise for the act through a press release but I am not sure whether they issued the handout to the press or not. But I demand a stern action against erring army men for this act,” he added.

The chemical was so powerful that it caused deaths of more than 14,000 fish in a few minutes, Additional Director Fisheries of Kupwara, Showkat Ahmed, who along with senior police and civil officer visited the spot, told media men.


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