Two arrested for killing Sambar deer in M’laya

Correspondent Shillong, Aug 5 | Publish Date: 8/5/2020 12:47:39 PM IST

Wildlife officials have arrested two persons allegedly for killing an endangered Sambar deer in Baladinggre village near Nokrek Biosphere in Meghalaya’s West Garo Hills district, forest officials said on Tuesday.

The two accused identified as Nilbin T Sangma and Appel T Sangma were arrested on Monday night, Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife), P. R. Marak, said, adding that two shotguns were seized from their possession. 

The duo, who are the son-in-law of Sakalgre village nokma (village chief) had killed  the full-grown male Sambar deer on August 1 and soon went into hiding soon after their pictures went viral in the social media. 

Marak said the duo has been remanded to 15 days judicial custody and investigation is still on to find out if there are any other conspirators. 

Sambar is a protected animal under Schedule-III of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, hunting of which is a punishable offence. 

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