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Man remanded in police custody for carrying hog deer meat

Considering the stage of investigation, the court remanded the accused person to five-day police custody for the purpose of fair investigation.

ByIFP Bureau

Updated 1 Apr 2022, 5:08 pm

(Representational Image: Unsplash)
(Representational Image: Unsplash)

 

The Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal West, on Friday remanded a man in five-day police custody till April 5 under the Wildlife Act for allegedly carrying raw meat of hog deer.

The accused Moulana Aslam Qasmi, 34, son of Mohd Apik of Komlakhong Mayai Leikai in Imphal West was arrested on suspicion of carrying raw wildlife meat suspected to be of hog deer at Shekmaijin Thongkhong on Thursday. 

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He was produced before the court by assistant conservator of forests (Central Forest Division), government of Manipur Siba Veimy, investigating officer of the case along with a prayer for remanding him to police custody for five days i.e. till April 5 along with a prayer for granting permission for sending a sample of the seized wildlife meat to competent authority for identification and for destroying the remaining wildlife meat as it has started to petrify. 

The court, after examining the Wildlife Act, observed that hog deer meat falls under ‘Schedule –I’ and stated that Section 49-B (a)(v) of Chapter VA of the Act covers the dealing in meat derived from Schedule –I animals. Moreover, as per Section 51 (1A) of the Act mentioned that those offences under section 49-B(a)(v) of the Act shall be punishable with an imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than three years but which may extend to seven years. Thus, the alleged offence falls under non-bailable offence, the court stated.

Considering the stage of investigation, the court remanded the accused person to five-day police custody for the purpose of fair investigation. The court further stated that samples of the seized wildlife meat may be sent to competent authority for identification and a report may be intimated to the Court as and when received.

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Moreover, after collecting the sample, the seized wildlife meat may be disposed of as per the procedure, it stated.

The counsel on behalf of the accused filed an application under section 437 CrPC, praying for releasing the accused person on bail.

The court opined that the bail application filed for the accused is treated as regular and should be heard when he is produced on April 5.

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First published:1 Apr 2022, 5:08 pm

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arrestcrimehog deer meatwildlife act

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