By Taniya Dutta
A disturbing video of hundreds of dead fish floating ashore a river due to a sugar factory molasses leak has emerged from India.
The video was shot by shocked villagers of Amritsar in Punjab on Thursday when they found huge piles of dead fish floating on the surface of the water.
People started collecting fish and informed police that along with wildlife team found a leakage of molasses-used for manufacturing alcohol, from a nearby sugar factory the cause of the tragedy.
The release of distillery molasses has killed tonnes of fish in the Beas, including the monster catfish dwelling at the river and threatened the fish prey base of the critically-endangered alligators and Indus dolphins.
Amirtsar Lok Sabha Member Gurjit Aujala ordered probe in to the incident and issued an order to shut down the sugar mill.
Kuldip Kumar, Punjab’s principal chief conservator of forest (PCCF) (Wildlife) said: “The waters turned reddish brown after the discharge from a distillery-cum-sugar factory complex located at Kiri Afghana, Hargobindpur in Gurdaspur district.
“Since the stretch of the river falls in the Beas Conservation Reserve, we have booked the factory owners under Sections 32 and 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, for having discharged injurious substances into the water and the proceedings are underway for trial in a Batala court.”