Venison seller arrested in Imphal West

The accused has been handed over to Central Forest Division for further necessary action.

A team of Joint Co- Ordination Committee on Wildlife and Biodiversity (JCCWB) Manipur apprehended a woman for selling deer meat (venison) red handed on Thursday at around 2.45 pm from Lamphel Super market, Imphal West.

The woman has been identified as Tharimoi Hmar, a resident of Saidang village, Churachandpur, according to JCCWB.

On Thursday, JCCWB received information from a reliable source that one unknown woman was selling venison at Lamphel Supermarket. A team of JCCWB along with a team of  Lamphel Police Station and staff of Iroisemba Forest Beat office rushed to the spot and apprehended the woman along with the venison weighing around 3 and half kg. The accused was later handed over to Central Forest Division for further necessary action, JCCWB said.

Convenor of JCCWB Ningthoujam Romesh said that deer is listed in the scheduled IV of Wildlife Protection Act,1972. Killing and selling of deer meat is punishable under the said act, Anyone found guilty can be punished for up to three years in jail, he added.

Romesh further said that JCCWB will initiate necessary action in consultation with the forest department against those cruel miscreants who had committed crime against any wild animals and birds. JCCWB also resolved to begin checking at suspicious places, he informed.

The arrested woman had disclosed to the JCCWB  she bought some meat and came to Lamphel Supermarket to sell as meats of several wild animals were found selling at Churachandpur market randomly, Romesh said.

He continued that it is saddening to hear that sale of wild meat still in practice in large numbers at locals markets located in far flung hilly regions of the state. Valley people are imitating such practice without any reason while JCCWB is discouraging such practice at any cost, Romesh added.

Romesh also drew the attention of the authorities concerned to look into the matter without delay and appealed the general public to save wildlife. Human beings cannot survive without animals and birds, he reminded.

First Published:March 14, 2021, 5:08 p.m.

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