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Cachar forest personnel rescues exotic wildlife species in Silchar

 Silchar, July 29 : Cachar Forest Division, Silchar staff intercepted a vehicle at Lailapur Forest Sub Beat carrying consignment of exotic wildlife.

 

The forest authorities here disclosed that forest personnel intercepted a truck bearing registration No.TS 08 UB 1622 coming from Mizoram at around 11:30 pm on late Tuesday night and rescued a kangaroo, six Macaw parrots, three tortoises and two monkeys.

 

Two persons named Narsimha Reddy and Navnath Tukaram Daigude have been detained. In the course of interrogation they revealed to the forest personnel that the consignment was headed to Guwahati.

 

Forest personnel were regularly checking trucks passing through Lailpur in connection with illegal timber. A truck smelled an unpleasant odor to a forest worker on Tuesday night. On questioning, the driver said that it was the smell of some rotten fruits and nothing else, but the forest personnel searched the vehicle and rescued the exotic animals packed in plastic and carton boxes.

 

 

 The team was led by Forester-I, Beat Forest Officer, Lailapur Forest Sub Beat Uttam Das, Forest Guard Hemojit Singh, Boatman Rajib Barman and Casual Worker Ali Ahmed Laskar.

 

Meanwhile, Forest Range Officer of Hawaithang Range, Dholai, D. Deori, AFS, is investigating into the matter under the direction of DFO Cachar Forest Division, Sunnydeo Choudhary, IFS. The DFO has directed the investigating forest official to ascertain the health of wildlife by local veterinary doctors.

 

"In the ongoing Corona virus pandemic and its connection to wet markets, it’s high time that we put an end to such practices of keeping these exotic species as pets and refrain from illegal wildlife trade. Let them live in their natural habitat," said Forest Range Officer, Deori, adding that identification of exact species is going on.

 

In its first global report on the illegal wildlife trade, released a week ago, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) described wildlife trafficking as a “global threat”, which also has links with other organised crimes such as modern slavery, drug trafficking and arms trade.The illegal trade is estimated to generate revenues of up to $23 billion a year.

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