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Pesticides dumped into canal at Abohar, panic in Rajasthan

The Fazilka police station has recovered pesticides and fertilizers from the bank of the Sadaran canal in Bathinda, allegedly thrown by dealers and manufacturers at Abohar, a sub-division of Fazilka district.

punjab Updated: Oct 08, 2015 23:52 IST
Gaurav Sagar Bhaskar
Gaurav Sagar Bhaskar
Hindustan Times
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Owners of pesticide companies and their dealers at Abohar have reportedly thrown a large quantity of spurious pesticides into the Indira Gandhi canal at Abohar, a subdivision of Fazilka district, leading to panic among residents of the areas adjoining the canal, especially in neighbouring Rajasthan.

After the unearthing of the spurious pesticides scam, the police have been conducting raids on the premises of dealers and owners of pesticide-manufacturing companies to trace and seize the spurious pesticides. The police have already booked several pesticide company dealers and owners from various places, including Abohar.

So, some dealers and owners have allegedly thrown these insecticides into the canal from saving them from falling into the hands of the police.

The canal takes water from Punjab to various areas in Rajasthan. When the water, mixed with pesticides, reached the areas of Rajasthan, it created panic among the residents in general and farmers in particular. They brought the matter to the notice of the authorities concerned, who took up the ,matter with their counterparts in Punjab. After the matter was reported to them, a team of policemen and agriculture officials from Muktsar went to Rajasthan and gathered samples of water from there.

Senior superintendent of police of Fazilka Swapan Sharma confirmed the reports of pesticides having been dumped into the canal as they have recovered some empty bottles of pesticides from the banks of the canal at various places in Abohar during the past 48 hours. A case has been registered in this connection, he said.

“We have collected batch numbers of the material thrown into the canal and are now enquiring from the manufactures to know about the dealers to whom these products were sold, said the SSP. “Very soon we will nab the accused,” claimed the SSP.

First Published: Oct 08, 2015 14:17 IST