Silchar, July 29: Forest personnel in Assam's Cachar district have seized endangered animals and birds from a vehicle coming from Mizoram, officials said on Wednesday. A kangaroo, six macaw parrots, three tortoises and two monkeys were rescued by the wildlife personnel of Cachar Forest Division at Silchar after they intercepted the vehicle at Lailapur forest sub-beat during routine checking on Tuesday night. Assam Floods: 129 Animal Casualties Reported at Kaziranga National Park, Tiger Reserve.
The truck, suspected to be carrying illegal timber, was stopped at Lailapur and during checking, the forest personnel noticed a strong odour emanating from the vehicle, the officials said. On being questioned, the driver said, it was coming from rotten fruits. The forest personnel were not convinced and when they searched the vehicle, the animals and birds were found inside cartons and plastic packets. Two persons, identified as Narsimha Reddy and Navnath Tukaram Daigude, have been detained.
During interrogation, the two persons revealed that the consignment was headed for Guwahati. DFO Cachar forest division Sunnydeo Choudhary has directed forest range officer of Hawaithang Range, Dholai, D Deori to investigate the matter and ensure that the health of the animals is monitored by local veterinarians.