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Pradeep Pattanayak

Hundreds of dead fish were found floating in Balijhara creek in Paradip of Jagatsinghpur district for last two days, triggering concern among the local residents. 

The villagers on Monday as well woke up to the same surprising scene of different species of fishes floating in the water. While the villagers have raised concern over the turn of event, some of them took the easy catch to their home. 

“We catch fish in this creek on a regular basis. While we had been noticing fish floating in water for last two days, on Monday we found hundreds of them floating dead. The species include Catla (Bhakura) and Rohu (Rohi). We suspect water pollution may be a cause. The angle of someone adding poison to water to catch fish can’t be ruled out,” said Prasanna Behera, a local resident. 

At a time when the cause of such a huge number of fish dying is yet to be ascertained, the regional officer of Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) said a test would reveal the actual cause of the mass death.

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