The District Magistrate of East Khasi Hills has issued an order under Section 144 of the CrPC to prohibit the use of dynamite and poison in rivers, streams or other water bodies so as to cause large scale destruction of aquatic life in East Khasi Hills.
The order was signed on January 8 but was shared with the media only today.
It was issued after receipt of reports of indiscriminate killing of fish in Shka Wah Umsoh to Shka Wah Umsong, Wahjapuh and Wahjaduh by way of blasting and using poisonous chemicals.
“Such poisoning of aquatic bodies will endanger the local, indigenous fish population, flora and fauna besides undermining the local ecology and poses a serious health hazard to human life and native fauna alike,” said the order.
Such activities will also cause losses to the local economy in the long-run, the District Magistrate said.