3 arrested with Royal Bengal tiger skin, body parts in Banderdewa sent to jail
BANDERDEWA, FEB 10 : We have to work together for protection of wildlife, flora and fauna to protect the food chain and ecological balance as well as global warming and climate change. Said Banderdewa DFO Chukhu Loma.
Loma was speaking to media after three persons were arrested in connection with Forest conservation Act and wildlife protection Act from Banderdewa area of Assam on Monday February 7.
DFO Chukhu Loma informed that a trap was laid to catch both the seller and the consignment and it was a major operation launched and conducted by Wildlife crime control Bureau (WCCB) Guwahati in association with Assam Police, and Forest Departments of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh several with concrete input from the sources developed earlier. Said Loma.
A huge catch was recovered amd seized by the team,the wildlife contrabands including 1 Royal Bengal Tiger Skin, 4 Tiger Canine, 18 Tiger Nails, and Tiger bones with skull (weighing 14.4 kg.) were seized and 03 persons were arrested, from Banderdewa area of Assam, on 07-02-2022.
Two person were stated to be residents of Yomcha area of West Siang district and one from Telam area of Assam. Said Loma adding that all three have been booked under various sections of wildlife protection Act and have been lodged at North Lakhimpur jail.
In preliminary investigation it is stated that the royal.bengal.tiger has been killed after the said Tiger has killed several cattles and due to which the tiger might have been ambushed and the incident might have taken place around month back but the reality may be revealed after the proper investigation takes place. Loma further said.
India hosts the largest Tiger population and the major reasons for decline are habitat destruction, habitat fragmentation, hunting and poaching. The tigers are the victims of human wildlife conflicts and since Arunachal Pradesh has the highest tribal population so awareness needs to be held in all the parts including the rural and urban area. Mass awareness programmes are being held in the form of Wildlife week and wildlife month celebration but we need to do more by way of educating people for protection and preservation of forest and its products including the wildlife and create the awareness more oftenly so that the protection and preservation of wildlife species are done.