| Rakibul Hussain |
Guwahati/Jorhat, Jan. 19: The Assam forest department has asked district administrations to file an FIR against anybody who kills or even attacks wildlife. Forest minister Rockybul Hussain said the decision was taken today.
The decision follows yesterday’s killing of a leopard by a mob in Oguri Shyamgaon village near Sonari town in Charaideo subdivision of Sivasagar district near the Assam-Nagaland border.
The mob had beaten the full-grown male leopard to death and mutilated the carcass.
Police and forest officials of Sivasagar district said investigations were on and some of the culprits had been identified. An official of Borhat range under Sivasagar forest division said the culprits had been identified from photographs published in the print media today and from the department’s sources in the area and that they would be arrested “very soon”.
A case under Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 (amended in 2002) has been registered with Sonari police station. The minister said a forest person, if attacked, should file an FIR too.
The department has decided to provide tranquillising facilities to the rapid response teams, constituted in view of the escalating man-animal conflict in various parts of the state, in 16 districts so that they could effectively deal with such situations.
Vehicles have already been provided to them. The teams will be assisted by the Assam Forest Protection Force.