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More bird carcasses found near beel

Jorhat, Jan. 10: Just two days after they found six bird carcasses near Borsola Beel, the same group of bird lovers recovered six more carcasses of exotic birds from the same spot today.

Chakrapani Hazarika, one of the group members, told this correspondent that he and his friends found the carcasses near the waterbody on the outskirts of Jorhat near the Brahmaputra.

The birds might have been poisoned like the earlier six found on Wednesday, he said.

Among the dead birds, one is a purple-head moorhen, another a bar-headed goose and the rest are lesser whistling ducks.

Hazarika said forest department staff did not come to the spot after being informed about the recovery.

The group buried the carcasses near the beel in the presence of local people.

Blaming the forest department staff for showing negligence towards protection of birds, especially during winter when migratory birds in large numbers visit waterbodies along the Brahmaputra in Upper Assam, Hazarika alleged that on Wednesday, too, forest staff did not come to collect the carcasses.

Hazarika had started a farm along with seven other youths near the Kokilamukh area so that they could keep a watch on the birds.

They have started cultivating vegetables on the farm, which is spread over 14 bighas of land.

Divisional forest officer (Jorhat) N.K. Malakar said he was not aware of the development, as he was out of station and had returned today.

He said he would inquire into the matter.