Futile raid against Python poachers exposes vulnerability of wildlife

By Our Correspondent

Agartala, February 13, 2020: The recent report of selling meat of six Pythons (Ajagar) at Singloom Bazar in Jampui Hills bordering Mizoram has rocked the state and the futile search operation conducted by the Forest Department officials to find out the poachers exposed the vulnerability of the wildlife in the state.

Meats of six Pythons weighting 150 kg was sold in the open market of Singloom at a cost of Rs 1000 per kg and local people purchased it in a festive mood. Behavior of the buyers and sellers were so casual that indicates it is a common practice in the area.

The matter came into light after the incident was reported in the media and a team of Forest Department officials led by Divisional Forest Officer Suman Das and the Ranger Bibrata Marak visited the area but failed to identify the seller or poacher of the declared endangered species Python.

However, it is the general feeling that the Forest Officials raid was just a eye wash as they intentionally avoided any confrontation with the local people. The Saturday incident in the Simlung Markat was no exception as selling of meat of various wild animals in the markets of adjoining areas in the terrains of Jampui Hills is a common practice.

The incident once again proved the vulnerability of the wild life in this areas which used to see movement of many wild life animals and birds even few years ago but it is a rare scene now.


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