The large-scale death of fish at the historic Lakhimpur Min Mahal under Kalaigaon revenue circle of Darrang district has left people worried and alarmed at the survival prospects of the aquatic faunas in Lakhimpur phukuri which include turtles, fishes etc. Nearly 15-20 quintals of fishes were found floating on Thursday in the pond, following which hundreds of people gathered to get the dead fishes. Initially the fishes were taken by locals for free. Later fishes ranging from half kilograms to 7-8 kilograms were sold at throw away prices by the committee.
Talking to Assam Times, committee President Dandadhar Deka said the fish killed in pond are due to suffocation caused by nighttime oxygen depletion in the summer.
At about 10 am on Thursday the commitee members to prevent further death of fishes, immediately distributed limestone, banana tree , salt, in the pond, and brought the situataion under control.