Assam Forest dept files FIR against Tangla Municipal Board EM for killing several egrets 

Egrets are listed under Schedule IV of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.

The Assam Forest Department has filed an FIR against an Executive Member of Tangla Municipal Board for his action leading to the killing of scores of egrets at Jalukbari area under Ward No 1 in Udalguri district.

Environment and Forest Minister, Parimal Suklabaidya directed Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife), Amit Sahai, to probe into the incident and submit a report immediately. 

It may be mentioned that the Divisional Forest Officer, Dhansiri Forest Division, Udalguri, NK Bordoloi investigated into the incident and found that Executive Member, Tangla Municipal Board, Shantanu Das, had served notices on June 8 to five residents of Ward No 1 and 2 to clear the bamboo grooves nesting the egrets and their fledglings as the ‘droppings of birds were creating an unhygienic environment which may increase the risk of COVID-19 infection in the area’. 

Meanwhile, the Forest authorities have filed an FIR against the Executive Member of the municipal board for the unfortunate incident at the Tangla Police Station. 

Also, a case will be lodged against Das under Section 55 of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 in the Court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Udalguri.

(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)

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