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Raid follows vulture deaths

11 December 2010

DIBRUGARH: A team from Dibrugarh forest division today raided Hapjan tea estate in Upper Assam’s Tinsukia district in the wake of allegations by environmental groups that the garden authorities were using highly toxic pesticides leading to the death of cows and vultures on the garden premises.

The divisional forest officer of Dibrugarh division, Anurag Singh, told this correspondent that a team of forest officials led by B. Das, the range officer of Tinsukia range, raided the pesticide godown of the garden and seized six samples for testing at the Jorhat-based North East Institute of Science and Technology.

The Hapjan garden, which is owned by Apeejay Tea Ltd, had earlier denied allegations that they had used any kind of toxic pesticides in section 5 of the garden, where the deaths occurred.

The raid was a follow-up action, carried out to validate the claim of the garden authorities.

In all, 21 cows had died in section 5 of the garden, and, feeding upon the carcasses, many vultures had died since November 28, after garden authorities allegedly dumped highly toxic pesticides in section 5 of the garden…..

Read more: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1101212/jsp/northeast/story_13288101.jsp


Written by csirindia

December 12, 2010 at 5:50 pm

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