Wildlife trafficking of 12 rare species including 1 kangaroo reported in Assam. Police rescued the wildlife from Lailapur area of Assam Mizoram border on Tuesday night.
It is repeatedly proved that the Assam Mizoram border has become as the corridor of international smuggling. Police rescued rare species of 12 wildlife a day after confiscated huge quantity of Burmese arecanut, cigarette and poppy seeds.
Lailapur Patrol Police rescued the wildlife from a truck during the routine search in the border of Assam Mizoram on Tuesday night. The rescued wildlife includes 1 Kangaroo, 2 Capuchin monkeys, 3 Aldabra Giant Tortoise and 6 Hyacinth macaw.
Police seized the truck bearing Registration No TS08/UB1622 and detained the driver and the handyman. Police handed over the rescued wildlife to the forest department under Hawaitang Forest Range Office. It is supposed that the wildlife has been smuggled from different parts of the world via Mizoram of India-Mayanmar border and was destined for Guwahati. An investigation has been started by filing a case as per wildlife act.
Meanwhile, conflict arises between the police and the forest department over the credit of the wildlife rescued. Additional Superintendent of Police Jagadish Das said the wildlife has been rescued in a joint operation by the forest department and the police. The rescue of foreign wildlife has caused a stir in the Dholai area.
Notably, the range of Capuchin monkeys includes some tropical forests in Central America and South America as far south as northern Argentina. Aldabra giant tortoise are native to Aldabra Island, one of the Seychelles northeast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. Hyacinth macaw is a parrot native to central and eastern South America.