At least two bird poachers and one buyer have been caught red-handed at Mayang Imphal in Imphal West on Tuesday.
Secretary Unique Wildlife Protection Committee Manipur Sanaton Irengbam told the media that the bird poachers and the buyer were caught during a drive jointly conducted by the members of UWPC, Manipur, Kakching Range Forest staff and Wildlife Crime Control Bureau Eastern Region at Mayang Imphal Market area.
The drive was conducted around 10.30 am, following a tip-off about some miscreants poaching migratory birds to sell them against the law.
Sanaton disclosed that the two apprehended bird catchers have been identified as Akham Tombs singh, 52, son of Modhu and Nigthoujam Ibochaoba Singh, 54, son of Thoiba. Both are residents of Mayang Imphal, Heigum Yangbi in Imphal West.
Two dead birds, one female gadwale and a male white-eyed pochard duck were recovered from their possession. A buyer who came there to buy birds was also apprehended. The trio have been handed over to Central Forest Division for taking up necessary actions under Wildlife Protection Act 1972, he added.
It is learnt that the poachers have been catching migratory birds at the eastern sides of Loktak lake frequently. They did the illegal act just for trading. They supply the poached migratory birds at the nearby meat hotels and chicken dressing centers of Mayang Imphal market area.
“It has been most unfortunate to come across miscreants involved in poaching of migratory birds when the chief minister has been striving day and night to save our guest migratory birds and wildlife animals,” he expressed.
There are reports of poaching migratory birds, hog deer and deers living on the phumdis of Loktak by unknown hunters, he said. Stringent actions will be taken up against the hunters, he further said, appealing to all not to catch birds, deer, hog deer and other wildlife animals at any costs.