TURA | Dec 31, 2018:
In a rare case, one person was arrested for allegedly killing monkey (rhesus macaque) before eating its meat and posting the same on social media in Garo Hills.
According to the police, the accused identified as one Sengkud Sangma was arrested by West Garo Hills (WGH) police yesterday, Dec 30 at Tura.
The arrest of Sangma came about after a FIR filed by the Forest Department under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 at the Tura PS following the act of Sangma going viral on his Facebook page.
Condemnation of the killing as well as posting on social media came thick and fast leading to concerned wildlife personnel acting on the killing.
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The FIR stated that Sangma has killed a protected animal illegally and the offence was cognizable and non bailable. Punishment under the Act could see Sangma punished with a jail term upto a maximum of 7 years with a fine of Rs 10,000.
“We arrested him based on the FIR by the Forest department. He has been forwarded to Court,” confirmed superintendent of police, WGH, Dr MGR Kumar.
Earlier, many cases of people killing endangered animals from within Garo Hills and posting their act on social media have surfaced.
Most of these were immediately removed following a social media backlash.
While the FIR by the Forest department has specified Rhesus Macaque (old world monkey) as endangered, the Wikipedia page clearly states that the animal is not in any way endangered. In fact the page states that the animal falls under the ‘Least Concern’ category and is widely distributed across South East Asia as well as in China among other countries.