PASIGHAT, Jan 5 - Close on the heels of the seizure of large quantities of wildlife meat and carcasses seized near Itanagar on December 29 last year, wildlife officials of Pasighat on Friday nabbed five hunters from the Anchalghat range at the Daying Ering Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary in East Siang district.
The five arrested have been identified as Dibash Pait (30), Diganta Doley (25) – both from Kemi village under the Jonai PS (Assam), Batsa Doley (28), Rajesh Chungkurang (42) and Nong Doley of Oyan village under the Sille-Oyan PS in East Siang district. The Forest officials also seized the carcass of a female hog deer, three 12-bore guns, 14 live cartridges and three mobile handsets from their procession.
Officials said that Dibash Pait and Nong Doley were earlier warned by wildlife officials for their alleged involvement in hunting activities.
The wildlife officials, led by Jeepghat Beat Officer Orin Perme, launched the operation after getting inputs that the hunters had entered the sanctuary from the Jampani side of the Anchalghat range on Friday evening.
“The hunters entered the sanctuary on Thursday evening and killed a hog deer. Our foresters followed the hunters and cordoned the area. We resorted to blank fire to make them surrender,” said Divisional Forest Officer (Wildlife) of Pasighat, Tasang Taga.
Taga informed that the hunters have been handed them over to the Sille-Oyan police for follow-up action under relevant sections of the Wildlife Protection Act. The officials also appealed to the authority to cancel licences of all the three 12-bore guns used in the hunting activities.