|Two poachers held in Mizoram|
AIZAWL, Feb 5 - Mizoram Police today arrested two poachers a day after a video of the duo shooting a serow dead went viral. Prompt action taken by the Kulikawn Police led to their arrest, a source said. Serow is the State animal of Mizoram and a Schedule I animal.
The accused duo – PC Zomuankima and Lungtiawia of Phulpui village near Aizawl under Kulikawn police station – were picked up this afternoon. They were arrested a few hours after Association for Environment Protection (ASEP) president Lalmuansanga lodged a complaint with the police.
Lalmuansanga said that on Tuesday night, he received a video of a person firing and injuring a serow and another man shooting the video. He posted the video in the association’s Facebook page, which went viral, triggering a public outrage.
He informed all the members of ASEP in the State to lodge FIRs in their nearest police station and he himself lodged a complaint at the Kulikawn Police Station near his home. Coincidentally, the poachers’ residence also falls under the jurisdiction of the same police station.
“I appreciate the prompt police action. The association demands appropriate punishment for the criminals,” he said.
In the video, Lungtiawia could be heard speaking about how they wounded the animal, which was sitting helplessly behind a bush in front of them as his friend aimed his gun at it and shot from point blank range.
Killing of serow invites minimum imprisonment for three years and a fine of minimum Rs 10,000.