Aizawl, Feb 17: Chief Conservator of Forest (Wild Life) said that miscreants involved in the recently mass killing of birds would be nabbed and given exemplary punishment. In the meeting convened recently, the Chief Conservator of Forest said that mass killing of birds was made possible by sophisticated guns which were mainly ordered through online shopping in the internet.
He said that hunting and mass killing of birds with guns or sophisticated weapons means violation of Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972 and punishment can even leads to imprisonment.
With reports of miscreants involved in the mass killing being found on social networking sites, the meeting agreed that Cyber Crime experts under the Mizoram Police be entrusted to investigate the culprits and bring them to justice.
Meanwhile, Serchhip District Magistrate Dr. Lalrozama IAS today issued a prohibitory order banning killing or hunting of birds with poison, Air Gun, catapult and trap act. Violators the order may be booked under section 188 of the IPC.
The prohibitory order will come into force for 2 months within the jurisdiction of Serchhip district counting from 16 February.
Mass killing of birds by miscreants bearing guns in the forest near Khamrang village in Kolasib district has been reported recently which prompted state environment and forest department officials as well as environmentalists to rush to the area to apprehend the bird hunters.
General secretary of the Green Mizoram Network Rothuama Sailo said that the hunters were reportedly from Aizawl and were armed with sophisticated weapons. “The hunters can kill hundreds of birds in a day with the guns,” he added.