SHOPIAN: Hundreds of fish have been killed after unknown persons contaminated the Rambiara rivulet with a poisonous substance on Thursday near Hirpora village of district Shopian in south Kashmir.
Sources from Hirpora told Kashmir Reader that at around 1 pm on Thursday some unknown persons threw an unknown poisonous substance into the rivulet, leading to the death of hundreds of fishes. They said that scores of fishes were floating dead in the rivulet while the Fisheries Department is watching the same as mute spectators, they alleged.
An official from the Fisheries Department told Kashmir Reader that the area is being protected for fish grazing under the surveillance of the department’s employees, and they were clueless as to the reason for the killing of the fishes.
Villagers from the area want a case registered against the law breakers and said that those involved in poisoning the rivulet should be strictly dealt with for their crime which not only resulted in the killing of hundreds of fish but also polluting the water on which hundreds of villages are dependent for drinking and sanitation purposes.
Assistant Director, Fisheries, Shopian, Muhammed Aslam Bhat told Kashmir Reader that he has deputed a team to the area to prepare a report on the incident. “Whoever is involved in this crime will be dealt strictly,” he said.