Probe ordered into bird deaths in Assam

Greater than 300 sparrows and doves died as a result of suspected poisoning of an agricultural area

The Wildlife wing of the Assam Forest Division on Wednesday ordered a probe into the demise of a lot of birds as a result of suspected poisoning of an agricultural area in Barpeta district.

The poison was sprayed apparently to stop the birds — sparrows and doves — from damaging the crops. Locals stated greater than 300 birds had died.

Chief Wildlife Warden M.Ok. Yadava gave Assistant Conservator of Forest Ranjit Ok. Dutta every week’s time to submit a report after investigating the deaths in Bohori Silagaon village beneath Sections of the Wildlife (Safety) Act, 1972.

The incident, reported on July 20, occurred greater than a month after the municipal authorities in Udalguri district killed greater than 250 egret and cormorant chicks by chopping off the bamboo groves they nested on. The groves have been cleared on the premise of a criticism that the droppings of the birds would unfold the COVID-19 an infection.

“A case has been registered by the ranger involved and a person named Mannan Ali has been arrested on this connection. We’re awaiting the post-mortem report on the birds to establish the precise explanation for the demise,” State Setting and Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya stated.

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