Fish-laden truck overturns, villagers make off with catch

Each of the fish weighed around 2 kg and the truck was carrying about 4,000 fish…reports Asian Lite News

Villagers in Telangana’s Bhadradri Kothagudem district took away hundreds of fish home after a fish-laden truck overturned on Tuesday.

The incident occurred near ITC Crossroads in Burgampahad mandal of the district. As the driver sustained injuries in the accident, he was shifted to a hospital.

Fish were seen spilled on the middle of the highway. As word spread about the accident, locals from surrounding villages rushed there and within a few minutes not just the fish strewn all around were looted but the remaining cargo in the vehicle was also emptied.

People were seen vying with each other to carry as many fish as possible. Some of them brought gunny sacks to run away with the loot while others were seen carrying the catch in their bare hands.

Each of the fish weighed around 2 kg and the truck was carrying about 4,000 fish.

Telangana names Murrel as state fish

The Telangana government on Wednesday issued orders declaring Murrel (Channa striatus) as the state fish. Principal secretary of fisheries department Suresh Chanda issued orders to this effect. Murrel, also known as Korrameenu or Korramatta in Telugu, was also the state fish of undivided Andhra Pradesh.

After bifurcation, it was necessitated for the Telangana government to declare its own state fish. And after considering several options, it finally zeroed in on the Murrel, a commercial fish for “cultural, culinary and historical” reasons.

Telangana Biodiversity Board brought to the notice of the government that many delicacies are cooked in the state with Murrel. It is used as a traditional medicine here, and suggested that it be declared as the state fish.

The state fish concept was proposed by the National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources, Lucknow in 2008 with an aim to boost conservation measures.

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