India: The crime branch’s unit-I has arrested two college students for hunting Alexandrine Parakeet (wild parrots). Action was initiated after the president of Wildlife Welfare Association gave a tip-off to the senior police officers in the crime branch. They have seized four Alexandrine Parakeets from the duo.
The arrested students have been identified as Nihal Chavan (19), a resident of Yerwada and Aslam Sheikh (19), a resident of Bopkhel. The duo has been booked under sections 9 and 51 of the Wildlife (protection) Act, 1972, for hunting wild animals.
Aditya Patil, president of the Wildlife Welfare Association has lodged a complaint with the crime branch.
Following the call, Patil along with other members met with deputy commissioner of police (crime), Pankaj Dahane, assistant commissioner of police, Sameer Sameer Sheikh, and senior police inspector Nitin Bhosale-Patil to initiate further course of action. According to the tip-off, the unit-I of the crime branch laid a trap at Yerwada.
The police officers spotted two youths coming with four parrots and stopping at the footpath, waiting for someone. The cops went there and asked from where they had gotten these parrots. When the duo fumbled with their answers, the cops took them to the crime branch.
Senior police inspector, Nitin Bhosale-Patil, told Pune Mirror, “We have arrested the duo for hunting wild animals. Both arrested accused are students. They brought the parrots from Junnar. We will also be looking at the prospective buyers, who wanted to purchase the birds.
(Source: The Pune Mirror)