Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Three poachers get 7 years imprisonment in Assam

Three poachers, who would committed crimes at Nameri Tiger Reserve, were convicted by a district court.
The Sonitpur additional sessions judge, S Das, has sentenced Arjun Basumatary, Bijoy Basumatary and Debeswar Pogag to seven years rigorous imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on each.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Rhino poachers convicted in Assam

Two poachers were convicted and sentenced to two years imprisonment and Rs. 25,000 each for killing a rhinoceros in Orang National Park of Assam in January 2011. Please see the judgement as follows:

Monday, 20 July 2015

Red sanders seized in north Bengal

A joint team of SSB and West Bengal forest department seized around four tonnes of red sanders in Jalpaiguri district on 18 July 2015.

Wild elephant electrocuted in Chhattisgarh

One male elephant died when come in contact with live wire that was hooked by villager in Jashpur district of Chhattisgarh on 18 July 2015.

Curious case of Mizoram’s missing pangolin scales

Around the end of May, Mizoram forest department discovered that 292 kg of seized pangolin scales, locked up inside its godown in Kolasib had been replaced by fakes. The missing scales made up for more than a third of the 848 kg pangolin scales seized by various law enforcement agencies from smugglers since 2012. A case was registered soon after the Kolasib incident, but initial probe apparently led to nowhere. On June 11, a joint operation by police and Assam Rifles seized six bags, with reportedly 216 kg pangolin scales, from a bus at Farkawn, a village close to the border with Myanmar. During the handover to the forest department the next day, Assam Riles declared that the consignment weighed 216 kg. But forest officials claim the bags given to them were lighter by 32.5 kg.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Monitor lizards under threat in Andhra Pradesh

Alleged medicinal values linked to Varanus is posing a threat to its survival in Andhra Pradesh. The demand for the Varanus is high at the Machilipatnam fish market in Krishna district.

Hunting of sharks

With increased landing of sharks and rays, Kochi has turned out to be the one of the most favoured destinations those in the trade. It is estimated that an average of 3,500 tonne of shark is landed in Kochi annually. An analysis carried out by the fisheries experts of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) suggested that the shark landings in Kochi harbour was on the rise. This includes several species of sharks and rays protected under the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and Wildlife Protection Act.

Villagers hang 2 youths upside down for poaching pigeons

A crowd of nearly 300 villagers hanged two youths upside down from a tree and severely beat them up on a suspicion that they had poached pigeons in the forest reserve area in Badi Sadri, Chittorgarh district of Rajasthan on 12 July 2015

Pangolin scales seized in Odisha

Enforcement officials seized 1 kg pangolin scales and arrested a person in Ganjam district of Odisha on 13 July 2015.

Monday, 13 July 2015

Ivory idols seized, 9 detained in Kerala

Nine people were taken into custody from Thiruvananthapuram and other parts of the Kerala by the forest officials in connection with cases related to poaching of elephants. A couple of idols made of ivory were seized from them.

Headless carcass of leopard found in gunny bag

The carcass of a headless leopard found covered in a gunny bag in a well near Bilikere in Hunsur district of Karnataka on 10 July 2015.

10,600 kg of red sanders seized in Hong Kong

Customs officials in Hong Kong detected a suspected sea cargo smuggling case and seized about 10,600 kilograms of red sanders logs from a container at the Kwai Chung Customhouse Cargo Examination Compound on 9 July 2015. Customs officers, through risk assessment, selected a 20-foot container arriving from India and declared to contain "glass flower pot" for inspection. Upon examination, Customs officers found the wood logs in the container.

Friday, 10 July 2015

Star tortoise smuggling goes up in Chennai

Attempt to smuggle star tortoises to Malaysia through Chennai international airport have increased in last ten days, in the latest incident two persons were detained with 130 tortoises on 9 July 2015.

Leopard shot dead in Odisha

Three persons were arrested by forest personnel on charges of poaching a leopard in Chandragiri reserve forest under Rarsingi range in Ganjam district and seized a country-made loaded gun, three mobile phones and a knife along with skin of the leopard on 8 July 2015.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Two persons convicted for shot dead an elephant in Kerala

A court in Malappuram district of Kerala have convicted two persons for shot dead a wild female elephant using country made gun near their farmhouse in Nilambur North forest division of Kerala in October 2007. Out of five accused, two were sentenced to three years rigorous imprisonment and Rs. 10,000 fine each. One accused is found not guilty and case against two were stands abated.

Leopard skins seized in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh

Police officials seized a leopard skin and arrested a person in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand on 5 July 2015 and caught a person with two leopard skins in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh on 6 July 2015.

Ivory traders arrested in Kerala

Forest officials arrested two ivory traders in Thiruvananthapuram in connection with recent elephant poaching incidents reported from the state.

Ivory idol seized in Karnataka

A father-son duo that tried to sell an antique Ganesha statuette in ivory on an online platform has been arrested by the police in Bengaluru.

Pangolin scales seized in Odisha

Police arrested four persons with 10 kg pangolin scales in Ganjam district of Odisha on 6 July 2015.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Two persons convicted in illegal wildlife trade

Two persons arrested by police in April 2011 at Bageshwar, Uttarakhand with three leopard skins were convicted by the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate. One of the accused is sentenced to three years rigorous imprisonment and Rs. 25,000 fine and other accused who is a repeat offender and was earlier convicted by this same court on last week in similar kind of offences was sentenced to five years rigorous imprisonment and Rs. 25,000 fine.