Lack of oxygen led to mass fish death in the Jehlum river on Sunday, the government said.
“A detailed examination suggested it happened due to lack of oxygen,” Fisheries Minister Abdul Gani Kohli said on Tuesday.
A technical team visited the area to get first-hand information and ascertain why hundreds of fish turned up dead two days ago, he said.
The Director Fisheries, Kashmir, and the Joint Director Fisheries, Kashmir Division, also visited the area.
The fish were examined and it was seen they were in distress.
“Samples of water and fish were collected for a detailed analysis. Lack of oxygen in the water column was cited as the reason,” he said.
Hundreds of fish were seen floating on the surface of the river at several places in old Srinagar city on Sunday, leading to panic and speculation that the river water could have been poisoned. Nonetheless, many people were seen collecting the dead fish . Mobile videos and pictures of the phenomenon went viral on social media.