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Army negligence: 14,000 trout fish found dead in farm

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Kupwara: In a bizarre kind of its incident over 14,000 trout fish were found dead at farm in Langate area of north Kashmir where some chemical was sprayed into the Mawar nallah that feeds the fish farm located at Katlery following the negligence of Army Camp located at Nawgam.. The authorities have also issued an advisory asking people of at least 24 villages not to consume water from the stream till it is cleaned. The Army officers apologized over the incident and ensured that such incidents will be avoided in the future.
Reports reaching KNB stated MLA Langate Er. Rasheed monitored throughout day restoration of water supply in Mawer and adjoining areas after the entire drinking water was contaminated due to some poisonous chemical which got mixed with water flowing from Mawer Nallah due to negligence of Army Camp located at Nawgam.
The reports said that about 14,000 trout fish died because of the poison which army claims to be a chemical called Phenyl Formate (C7H6O2) a kind of disinfectant was sprayed into the Mawar nallah.
An official said that the police are investigating the incident and water samples from the Mawar stream have been sent for necessary testing to determine the cause of the deaths.Some dead fish weighed more than two kilograms. A team of experts from Srinagar has reached at the spot to examine the poisonous water and help determine the exact cause of mortality of fish, he added.
People have also been asked not to consume water from lift pumps including Sherhama, Pohrupet and Panditpura.
Soon after the incident, Govt constituted a team and directed them to visit the Nallah to ascertain the facts. He advised people to avoid using water till it is ensured to be safe. “Police and technical expert team are on their job,” he said.
SHO Mawer Qalamabad, Abdul Ahad Jan said, “People are strictly advised not to use tap water till the matter is properly investigated.” The official said the use of insecticides has poisoned fishes.
Police is investigating the motive behind the poisoning by miscreants, he added.
Meanwhile Er Rasheed said that the army in Mawer has done this by mistake. He said that they may have some chemical which they put on the side of Nallah through that it came into the Nallah and this incident happen.
He said that whosoever is involved in this crime will be punished as per the law. Rasheed Feather appeal people not to worry about water and problem will be solved within hours.

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