The animal husbandry department has started inspecting poultry farms of the region to find out which one of them had dumped dead chickens stacked in gunny bags into the Bikaner canal.
On Monday evening, the officials of the irrigation department had come across a number of gunny bags stacked with dead chickens in the Bikaner canal that branches out from Harikee Patan in Makhu, a rural town of Ferozepur.
The gunny bags reportedly bore the stamp of a Amritsar-based 'poultry farm'. On the complaint of irrigation officials, a case has been registered against unidentified people at Makhu police station.
Two similar gunny bags were also found at local Bale Kee head near Khai village in Ferozepur, sources said.
Officials of the Rajasthan's irrigation department reported of having found dead chickens stacked in as many as 10 gunny bags. Another case under section 277 of the IPC has been registered at a police station in Sriganganagar, Rajasthan, official sources said.
The dead chickens were sent to a Jaipur-based laboratory for testing by the Rajasthan officials. On the Punjab side, veterinary authorities have sent the dead chickens to a Jalandhar-based laboratory to find out the cause of death.
An official said that chicken could have died of extreme hot weather or due to some disease and the poultry farm owner was at the wrong to dispose of the dead birds into the canal, especially when the canal water is used for drinking purposes in parts of Rajasthan.
When contacted, Baldev Singh, deputy director animal husbandry, Ferozepur, acknowledged that dead chickens were found in the Bikaner canal. He said that the field staff had been instructed to visit the poultry farms of the region to find out the culprit.