Six arrested for electrocution of two adult female Asian elephants in Assam’s Sivasagar

At least six persons involved in causing the electrocution death of two adult female wild Asian elephants, a Schedule I species protected under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 in Digholdorioli area, Sivasagar has been arrested by the Forest team.

A wildlife case has been booked by Sivasagar Range under Sivasagar Territorial Forest Division against all the six accused of violation of the provisions of the section- 9 R/W section-2 (16) & (35) and section-52 and punishable as per the section-51 of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 along with Assam Amendment Act 2009.

The arrested accused caused the death of the two elephants by laying illegal electric fencing around Rabi crops in an illegal cultivation area in Digholdorioli grazing land.

All the six accused persons were apprehended on 26/12/2020 on the day of detection of the Wildlife offence by Forest team from Sivasagar Forest Division and after causing interrogation and investigation the 6 accused persons were arrested on 27/12/2020 at 11.30 am and produced in CJM, Sivasagar and sent to judicial custody.

Material evidence was seized from the field and a preliminary report by Veterinary Officer conducting on spot PM showed signs of electrocution death in both the elephants.

It may be mentioned that the Wildlife (Protection) Assam Amendment Act 2009 provides enhanced punishment as well as penalty and is triable in the Court of Sessions.

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Assam Forest Dpt seizes Railway Engine at Bamunimaidan Railway Yard in Guwahati

The killing of elephants on the railway tracks must stop forthwith: Parimal Suklabaidya

Guwahati: One Railway Engine (loco engine number- 12440 WDG4) has been seized from the possession of Senior DME/Diesel/New Guwahati, Chandra Mohan Tiwari at Bamunimaidan Railway Yard, Diesel loco shed for killing 2 Indian elephants (schedule 1(12B) animal under Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 at Railway Track KM post number 180/9 and 181/9 between Patharkhula and Lamsakhang Railway Station on September 27, 2020 midnight.

The seizure operation was conducted under the supervision of Shri Nalini Kumar Kalita, Forester-1 of Lumding Forest Range, Lumding under Nagaon South Division, Hojai on October 20, 2020, at about 1.25 pm.

The custody of the seized loco engine was later handed over to Senior DME/Diesel/New Guwahati, Chandra Mohan Tiwari in view of the continuity of essential services to the public and others. In a ‘Zimmanama’ Tiwari also agreed to pay Rs 12 cr for any loss and damage of the seized property.

Following the investigation, Mahendra Kumar Yadava, IFS, Chief Wildlife Warden of Assam said that the sad incident of killing of one female elephant and her calf by goods train engine in Lumding RF on the 27th September 2020 has been very vigorously pursued under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 against the railway authorities, and the Department instituted an enquiry under the Act. Accordingly, a team of forest officials proceeded to Bamunimaidan Loco Shed and seized the Diesel Loco Engine. Also earlier, already the Loco Pilot and the Asstt Loco Pilot have been suspended by the Railways in an internal inquiry of theirs.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Environment And Forest, Parimal Suklabaidya said that the Department shall not fail to take toughest stand against the Railways. The killing of elephants on the railway tracks must stop forthwith.

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Illegal Teak Sawn Timbers worth Rs 1.2 lakh seized in Karimganj

Karimganj: A small pickup truck loaded with 33 pieces of Fanta size teak sawn timbers along with two no's motorcycle seized at about 2.30 am (midnight) on Thursday during transportation from the RF area of Khulicherra under Longai Beat in Karimganj District.

As informed by the forest department, the seized DI vehicle and two no's motorcycle and sawn timbers were kept under Range office custody at Lowairpoa.

The volume of seized timber is 2.467 Cm.

The market value of seized timber is suspected to be around Rs 1,20,000.

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Forest deptt traps leopard which mauled 6-yr-old boy to death

Guwahati: Following the incident of a leopard killing a six-year-old boy in Maligaon, Guwahati, a leopard was trapped on 25th August night in a cage set up by the Assam forest department.

Later on, the leopard was brought to the rescue center of Assam State Zoo, Guwahati by the staff of the Kamrup East Division with the help of the Guwahati police team of the Maligaon area.

A video surfacing on social media also showed that the poor animal was poked by the local people in the area with sticks and rods after being caged.

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Caged leopard allegedly stabbed by locals in Guwahati’s Maligaon

Officials Of The Forest Department Are Yet To Rescue The Wild Animal

Guwahati: A caged leopard was allegedly poked and pierced by a section of people at the Maligaon area in Guwahati on Tuesday night.

A video surfacing on social media clearly shows that the poor animal was poked by the local people in the area with sticks and rods.

Shockingly, few also tried him to scare him with fire.

As per reports, officials of the forest department are yet to rescue the wild animal.

Further details awaited.

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One year old female rhino calf rescued in Kaziranga

Kaziranga: A joint team comprising of forest officials from Kaziranga National Park and Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) rescued a female rhino calf of nearly one-year-old from Dahgaon village surrounding of Kaziranga fringe area on Saturday morning.

The calf is under observation at Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation, the jointly run wildlife care facility of the Assam Forest Department (AFD) and Wildlife Trust of India (WTI).

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3 to 4 days old Rhino calf rescued in Kaziranga

Around 16 rhinos have lost their lives due to floods this year

Guwahati: A 3-4 days old rhino calf was rescued by the forest staff of Kaziranga National Park at 10:30 am today.

The calf was taken to the rescue centre CWRC for further observations.

Meanwhile, all possible efforts are being taken to reunite the calf with its mother, informed the forest officials.

Informing the matter, the official Twitter handle of Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve said, “A 3-4 days old rhino baby was rescued by our staff at 10:30 am today and was taken to our rescue centre CWRC for further observations. All possible efforts will be taken to reunite him with his mother.”

It may be mentioned that around 16 rhinos have lost their lives due to the state flood this year. As per forest reports, 12 died due to drowning and rest 4 by natural deaths, thus, taking the death toll of rhinos to 16 this year.

On the other hand, around 147 animals have lost their lives in state floods, of which 170 animals have been rescued by the team of forest officials.

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Kaziranga Floods: 173 camps inundated, 14 camps vacated

51 wild animals die, 102 animals rescued by the Forest Official/CWRC team

Kaziranga: As many as 51 wild animals died and a total of 102 animals have been rescued by the Forest Official/CWRC team and local people at Kaziranga National Park during floods this year, according to a report by the forest department.

As per a forest report, out of the 223 forest camps in Eastern Assam Wildlife Division, Biswanath Wildlife Division and Nagaon Wildlife Division, a total number of 173 camps have been inundated till date, whereas, 14 camps were vacated.

Meanwhile, water level trend in the last 4 days reports below the danger level at Pasighat and Dibrugarh, whereas, the water level at Nimatighat, Numaligarh, Dhansirimukh and Tezpur are still above the danger level.

Death reports of the animals: so far 86 hog deer, 1 Swamp Deer, 1 Rhino, 10 Python, 1 Tiger, 3 Turtle has died in the floods.

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Assam Floods: 41 wild animals die, 48 rescued in Kaziranga National Park

46 camps in Kaziranga National Park inundated in Assam Floods 2020

Guwahati: As many as 41 wild animals died and a total of 48 animals have been rescued by the Forest Official/CWRC team and local people at Kaziranga National Park during floods this year, according to a report by the forest department.

As per a forest report, out of the 223 forest camps in Eastern Assam Wildlife Division, Biswanath Wildlife Division and Nagaon Wildlife Division, a total number of 46 camps have been inundated till date, whereas, three camps were vacated.

Meanwhile, water level trend in the last 4 days reports below the danger level at Numaligarh, whereas, the water level at Pasighat, Dibrugarh, Nimatighat, Dhansirimukh and Tezpur are still above the danger level.

Death reports of the animals: so far 35 hog deer, 1 Swamp Deer, 3 Wild Boar, 1 Wild Buffalo, 1 Rhino has died in the floods.

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