Chandigarh: Acting on the complaint of People For Animals (PFA), Chandigarh Police booked unknown persons who were allegedly selling 15 Australian-bred ducklings near the Sector 53, furniture market. PFA president Punjab Chetan Sharma said, “We had received a complaint regarding illegal sale of ducklings at Sector 61.
A person informed that two persons were selling 15 ducks in just Rs 1 lakh. Following this, the PFA team reached the spot with the local police, however, the accused managed to escape on their motorcycle”.
These ducks are totally illegal as these are rare animals found in India. We have recovered Australian ducks worth Rs 7 lakh at Chandigarh Sector 61. It was found that the ducks were just five-day old, added Chetan. The 15 ducks were recovered and then later released in Siswan Dam water body.
The local police have registered an FIR at Sector 36 Police Station against two unknown persons under Sections of the Wildlife Protection Act 9,39,50,51 and 429 of the Indian Penal Code. The accused have been tracked in the CCTV footage and will be arrested soon, said a police official.
Meanwhile, the PFA Punjab president alleged that the local Wildlife Protection bodies are doing nothing for the cause.
The PFA has been raiding places in Chandigarh and Punjab and has been active but the local Wildlife Department seems to be taking no interest for the same. PFA had earlier recovered rare species of snakes.
The PFA team along with the local police had recovered two Sand Boa snakes and 600 ml of snake venom from a private bus at Hallomajra in 2014. The recovered snakes and venom were being smuggled out of India.
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