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Catching fish in Okhla bird sanctuary invites trouble; 17 arrested

Seventeen people, who were allegedly fishing illegally in the Okhla Bird Sanctuary, have been allegedly arrested. It has been reported that action was only taken after forest and police officials received information about the activity in the restricted areas. They landed in the area to carry out search late last night and held seventeen people.

Divisional Forest Officer of Gautam Buddh Nagar, H V Girish said fishing nets and live fish of the Mangur and Rohu variety were seized from the accused, reported PTI, adding that a case under sections of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 has been registered.

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Yamuna has turned out to be a good place for fishing for some local youths despite the fact that it is not as clean as it used to be in old time when it Okhla was known to be best fishing ground in Yamuna. Okhla “where the weir ensures deep water and collection of food” for the fish.

For the last few years efforts are being made to clean the water. In this regard months ago an exhibition was organised at INTACH by various organisations working on rivers.

“This was when the Uttarakhand flash floods took place. Many have linked it (2013 level) to climate change. The data also shows this decade’s major flood is still awaited,” said Manoj Mishra of Yamuna Jiye Abhiyan.

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