Ukhrul police to strengthen crackdown on wildlife crimes
R LESTER MAKANG
UKHRUL, 30th Apr: Ukhrul Police department is gearing up to strengthen its crackdown operations on wildlife crimes and other illegal hunting activities across the district amid the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown.
"There have been reports of people killing wild animals and birds and posting their acts on social media without compunction. We will now take up stringent legal actions against anyone found indulging in such acts", Ukhrul superintendent of police (SP) Worngam Ningshen said Thursday evening, in a communication with The People's Chronicle.
According to SP Ningshen, the district's police are intensifying their actions in line with the order from the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) & Wildlife Warden, Government of Manipur calling for prevention of crimes against wildlife.
"Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 is in force and it prohibits hunting and killing of wild animals and birds", he said. In an order issued on Thursday, PCCF & Wildlife Warden informed that ‘Section 50 (1) of the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972 authorises the Chief Wildlife Warden or any other Authorised 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’.
It continued that offenders are liable to be booked under the said Act for such violations which may lead to imprisonment for a term up to 3 (three) years or fine up to Rs 25,000 or both.
It also mentioned that frequent incidences of wildlife crimes like hunting and killing of wild animals and birds and displaying them have come to the notice of the Forest Department, Government of Manipur.
"It has also been noticed that such wildlife crimes are being posted on social media etc. and glorifying them", it said, adding that Section 9 (Chapter-III) of the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972 totally prohibits hunting and killing of wild animals and birds; and thus treats such acts as serious wildlife crimes.
In view of the seriousness of the matter, each member of all communities in valley and hills of the State, and public in general are hereby directed not to resort to wildlife crimes and violate provisions of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, the order urged.