Forest Dept warns of prosecution for wildlife hunters; individual who uploaded dressing of deer video arrested

Forest Dept warns of prosecution for wildlife hunters; individual who uploaded dressing of deer video arrested

TMB Report

IMPHAL: Taking serous note of the frequent incidences of wildlife crimes like hunting and killing of wild animals, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest, has issued an order directing the people to stop hunting and killing of wild animals, cautioning that anybody involved in such illegal activities will be prosecuted under Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972.

Dr. AK Joshi, Addl PCCF has issued an order to this effect on Thursday.

It stated that frequent incidents of wildlife crimes like hunting and killing of wild animals and birds and displaying them have come to the notice of the Forest Department. It has also been noticed that such wildlife crimes are being posted in social media etc. and glorifying them. Section 9 (Chapter-lll) of the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972 totally prohibits hunting and killing of wild animals and birds; and such acts are treated as serious wildlife crimes.

It further informed that Section 50 (1) of the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972 authorizes the Chief Wildlife Warden or any other Authorized Officer or any Forest Officer or any Police Officer not below the rank of Sub-inspector to prevent such offences and investigate by entering and searching the premises, and arresting and detaining the suspects/accused. The offenders shall be booked under the said Act for such violation which may lead to imprisonment for a term up to 3 (three) years or fine up to Rs. 25000 or both.

And in a swift action Thoubal district police has arrested the individual who uploaded a video of a slaughtering and dressing of suspected migrant rare species of deer on Facebook. The video was uploaded on Wednesday and the individual was eventually trekked down by Cyber Crime.

The police were also able to the find the location where the deer was butchered and they are on the hunt to arrest all those persons involved.

According to police source, the arrested person was identified as Maibam Abung (30), So Maibam Ladu of Salungpham Kang Yambem Mayai Leikai, Thoubal district.

A police team of Heirok Police Station under the supervision of SP Thoubal Dr. S. Ibomcha Singh arrested Abung from his residence at around 10 pm.

The police source said that the arrested person was not personally involved in killing the deer, however, according to his disclosure, the place where the deer was butchered was identified as a spot near a volleyball play ground of Maryland village under Machi Police Station under Tengnoupal District.

It came to knowledge that on April 27, 2020 at around 5:00 PM Abung came across some persons slaughtering the deer while he was in the village to harvest some vegetables. He recorded the proceedings in his mobile phone and uploaded it at Facebook on April 29, 2020, the source added.

The Police source also said that the case has been transferred to Machi Police Station and investigation is underway to arrest others who were involved in butchering the deer.

Mention may be that after Abung posted the video at Facebook, which went viral, but Chief Minister N. Biren and animal lovers were desolated after seeing it.

Immediately, CM N. Biren advised the high ranking police officers of Manipur Police to trek down the video and arrest the persons involved.

Without delay, Manipur Police began trekking through their sources and was able to confirm the uploader of the video as Abung from Salungpham and he was consequently arrested for interrogation.

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