Fish found dead at J P Park lake

Angry residents accused the factories in the nearby industrial area of letting contaminated/polluted water into the lake. A few residents attacked the BWSSB office, for failing to stop the flow of sewage water into the lake.

Ravi, one of the old residents, told Deccan Herald: “After Cubbon Park and Lalbagh, J P Park is one of the biggest spreading across 84.2 acres.”

Earlier, it was spread over 125 acres. After a series of encroachments by politicians of various parties, the park’s area has shrunk.

A state-of-the-art international swimming pool and a musical fountain have been planned in the park. The 20-acre tank was home to a variety of fish, which attracted the young and the old.

Because of the lackadaisical attitude of the politicians and officials of BBMP and BWSSB, the fish and the lake are dying, the residents said.

“Near Yeshwanthpur, work on laying new sewage lines has been taken up and the sewage has been diverted to this lake. We held many protests to protect the lakes and the fish, but in vain,” the residents said.

Area Corporator Nanjundappa said: “Due to the negligence of workers, small fish have died. The big ones are healthy. Some jealous people are spreading rumours.”

Man arrested

A youth was arrested on charges of chain snatching in Girinagar.

The police arrested, Mohammed Salman (20) from Valmiki Nagar on Mysore Road and recovered 40 gm of gold and more than half-a-dozen gold rings worth around Rs 95,000.

Salman operated during the early hours and targeted morning walkers.

Chain snatchers convicted

The 11th Fast Track Court awarded five years of rigorous imprisonment, besides slapping a fine of Rs 5,000, to two persons in connection with an assault and robbery case.

Judge B V Gudli found Chandra alias Chandrashekhar and Venkatesh alias Perumal  guilty of the offence.

The duo assaulted, tried to strangulate and robbed a lone woman of her gold chain in Banaswadi police limits on August 18, 2009.

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