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No action against men booked for illegal poaching,fishing

Despite registration of an FIR against the contractors indulging in illegal poaching and fishing within and outside the wildlife sanctuary of Harike Pattan,flouting the blanket ban,the police have not been able to arrest any of them.

Written by Raakhi Jagga | Ludhiana |
December 27, 2010 1:26:22 am

Despite registration of an FIR against the contractors indulging in illegal poaching and fishing within and outside the wildlife sanctuary of Harike Pattan,flouting the blanket ban,the police have not been able to arrest any of them.

About ten days ago,wildlife officials got the FIR registered against Mehla Singh,chairman of the Harike Pattan Mandi Board,Bitta,a village sarpanch,Dharam Singh,Davinder Singh and a few others for illegal fishing and poaching of birds. But no action has been taken against them,even as fishing and poaching continue unabated.

A few days ago,wildlife officer Sanjeev Tiwari caught red-handed a man along with four common teals (a bird species) that had been poisoned. Tiwari said: “During poaching,some chemical is added in the water which is kept for drinking purposes and the birds die after consuming it. I have got a post-mortem done on the birds to know the name of the chemical. The man has been handed over to the police. In the previous cases,we had enough evidence against those booked for illegal fishing and poaching of migratory birds,but we have not seen much progress till now.”

Tiwari did not deny involvement of forest officials in allowing people to enter the sanctuary area during night hours,when all these illegal activities take place.

According to information,the irrigation department has given contract for fishing in the area outside the sanctuary area — 500 metres area outside the sanctuary is also in the prohibited zone. It is learnt that fish inside the sanctuary area are much bigger in size as compared to that outside and the contractors fetch Rs 400-500 per kg for these varieties.

Sources said the contractors at times would make an income of Rs 30,000 after one night of fishing inside the sanctuary.

Makhu SHO Gurpreet Singh,who is the inquiry officer on the case,said: “I was busy inquiring a few murder cases. I am aware that many influential people have been named in the FIR but we are not under any political pressure. We will nab them for the crime they have committed.”

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