AMIDST AVIAN flu scare, panic gripped Ramgarh village near Kharar after three peacocks were found dead on Monday evening. Officials of health department visited the spot on Tuesday and sent the carcasses of the peacocks to a laboratory in Jalandhar. The cause of the death is not clear yet but the health department has sounded an alert at the wetlands at Jayanti Majri dam, Siswan dam and other areas, said the officials.
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According to the police, they received information from Ramgarh village that three peacocks were lying dead in the fields, following which a police party reached the spot.
A team of the health department as well as the forest department also reached the spot and took samples of
the soil. They sent carcasses of the peacocks to a Jalandhar-based lab where a post-mortem of the dead peacocks will be conducted. The health officials said that they were investigating the cause of the death.
Range officer Sunil Kumar Rana who visited the spot along with his team said that at this stage, they could not say anything about how the peacocks died. They had sounded an alert at all the places where the migratory birds visit in the coming season.
“We have identified the owners of the fields where the peacocks were found dead. We have also taken samples of the soil because sometimes the birds die after consuming the pesticides used by the farmers in their fields. Everything will become clear after the post-mortem,” said Rana.