Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Oct 6:
One person was arrested by the Khordha division forest officials near the Pipili bypass along National Highway 203 on the charge of illegal sale of protected species of parakeets. These parakeets come under the Schedule IV category animals, protected under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972.
The accused, Rahunath Jena of Jajpur district was forwarded to judicial custody as a local court here rejected his bail plea.
Of the 12 native species of parrots, eight are sold illegally across the country. They include Alexandrine, Rose-ringed, Plum-headed, Red-breasted, Malabar, Himalayan and Finsch’s Parakeets and Vernal Hanging-parro
People for Animals, a voluntary outfit, had brought the issue of open sale of parakeets at the Pipili-Puri bypass to the notice of Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wild Life) and Chief Wild Life Warden.
People for Animals member secretary Amulya Nayak said protected species of parakeets like Alexandrine and Rose Ringed are being sold near Pipili for Rs 400 to Rs 500 per bird while Munia birds, usually captured from forests in Bramhagiri area and other parts of Puri district fetch a price of Rs 100 to Rs 200.