Three landmark judgments in Assam’s wildlife history, court orders rigorous imprisonment for killing mongooses and other protected species
Updated : June 23, 2019 08:15 PM IST
In a first of its kind judgement against wildlife crime in Assam, a lower court in Assam’s Chirang district sentenced five persons in three separate cases to seven years rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 50,000 each for hunting protected species of birds and animals under different ranges of Manas National Park.
'No other wildlife case, even high profile ones involving rhino poaching in Assam was able to attract such punishment in the history of Assam,' said Dr Bhaskar Choudhury of the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI).
The government of Assam amended the Wildlife Protection Act in 2009, according to which hunting outside the boundary of a national park or wildlife sanctuary is also included as offence punishable under section 51 of the Wildlife Protection Act.
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