India: Three men from Punjab have been arrested for allegedly trying to sell more than 150 Alexandrine Parakeets to sellers in Jama Masjid, Shastri Park and other areas in the capital.
Alexandrine Parakeets are in high demand as they have the ability to mimic human speech. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the Alexandrine Parakeet has a near threatened species status.
The rescued parrots are 10 days old, and the accused had retrieved them from hilly areas in Punjab. Police said they received information on April 16 that the Parakeets were brought into Delhi through a private roadway bus, packed into double-partition iron cages.
The accused, Alimuddin, Imran and Mohammad Kamar, had left from Bhatinda and shifted to another bus in Ludhiana. They reportedly struck a deal to sell the birds to a man who runs a bird shop in Moolchand.
(Source: The Indian Express)