A mysteriously parked truck carrying a closed container with a bad smell wafting from it caused panic in Attakulangara of Thiruvananthapuram on Monday.
The media in Thiruvananthapuram received a call on Monday evening saying that residents noticed blood oozing from the truck. The smell was so intense that the shops nearby had to close down, people returned to their homes and even the traffic police abandoned their duties.
Just when the people began to suspect that the truck carried a decomposing dead body, the police rushed to the spot and revealed that the truck was full of decaying fish. It was blood from the fish that was oozing out of the truck.
With no driver in sight, the police tried to remedy the unbearable stench by using some bleaching powder in the area. But with water continuing to flow the measure taken by the police turned out inadequate.
The truck driver returned on Monday night and informed that the truck had broken down and he had gone in search of a mechanic. Even after the truck was removed from the area, the residents say, the stench still remains.
“Since Monday morning the smell was coming. People thought that someone might have dumped waste. Later when they saw blood they informed us. The smell was so severe that people were not able to pass through the road. Apart from that big flies, dogs and mosquitoes were also found there. Many shops were closed,” a police officer from Fort station told TNM.