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Migratory bird meat selling like ‘hotcakes’ in Kashmir, courtesy Wildlife Deptt slumber
2/28/2020 12:14:28 AM

Early Times Report

Srinagar, Feb 27: The illegal hunting of migratory birds and sale of their meat is going on unabated in Kashmir while the Wildlife department is allegedly be sleeping on the issue.
Even though hunting down of migratory birds is a crime that can land the convict in jail for years, hunters are having a field day in the waterbodies in Kashmir where such migratory birds come during the winters.
From Wular Lake in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district to Narkara in Budgam to Hokersar in Srinagar, the complaints of illegal hunting of the migratory birds are pouring in from numerous places.
As per the complainants the meat is sold for around Rs 500 per bird. “The illegal hunting has become so rampant that such birds are even caught in traps alive and sold at even higher prices,” said a Srinagar man on the condition of anonymity, while referring to sale of such lot in Narbal area. He said the many of the hunters were running a “business of selling the migratory birds for meat.”
The concerned people have accused the government of failing to uphold the ban on the killing of such birds.
“This large scale hunting down of birds cannot happen unless the hunters are hand in glove with the wildlife officials,” said a concerned citizen adding that the matter was time and again brought to the notice of the concerned officials.
Sources said in the past few months several such complaints were made before the Wildlife department officials but that no action was taken.
When contacted a senior official in the Wildlife department tried to downplay the matter. He said barring complaints of illegal hunting from Wular lake in Bandipora the department has not received any complaints.
He said the department was looking into the matter and that the illegal hunting would be curbed.
Meanwhile the concerned citizens have appealed Lieutenant Governor GC Murmu to personally look into the matter.
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