Bengaluru

Catfish breeding tanks demolished

The farming of African catfish is banned as it poses a threat to native aquatic life

The tahsildar of Yelahanka taluk, along with officials from the Fisheries and Revenue Departments as well as police officials, demolished at least seven huge tanks where tonnes of catfish were being reared at a village in Hesaraghatta.

The farming of African catfish is banned as it is an invasive species that poses a threat to native aquatic life. The demolition took place on May 9.

The Soladevanahalli police booked the owners of the land, along with the contractor and the company that supplied the fish for breeding. The accused, Muthurayappa, and his sons Muniyappa and Narayanamurthy, have been booked under Section 273 (sale of noxious food or drink) of the IPC.

The district authorities said they had issued repeated warnings to people, especially villagers in the northern outskirts of the city, to stop breeding African catfish.

The demolition drive was carried out with several earth-movers amid police security and in the presence of the Karnataka State Reserve Police Force.

“The accused were using poultry carcass to feed the fish. We are on the lookout for the contractor who is on the run,” said a police officer.

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