A team of official led by Beat Officer, Jeepghat Beat under Anchalghat Range Dy. FR, Orin Perme arrested five dreaded hunters from Sanyasi Tukura under Anchalghat Range on Saturday morning at the D. Ering Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary here in East Siang District of Arunachal Pradesh.
The arrest was made after the sanctuary tightened their security and vigilance.
The five arrested have been identified as Dibash Pait, 30, Diganta Doley 25, both from Kemi village PO Leku, PS Jonai, Dhemaji Dist. Assam.
Batsa Doley, 28, Rajesh Sungkurang, 42 and Nong Doley are from Oyan village PO/PS Sille-Oyan under Sille-Oyan circle, East Siang District, Arunachal Pradesh.
As per Beat Officer Jeepghat Beat, Dy. FR, Orin Perme who led the team of wildlife staff, two of the hunters Dibash Pait and Nong Doley are dreaded hunters who were also warned many times not to hunt inside the sanctuary.
Along with a hunted Hog Deer 3 numbers of 12 Bore Guns (1 double and 2 single barrel), 14 live cartridges and 3 mobile handsets were seized from the hunters.
Dy. FR Orin Perme launched the operation after getting inputs of hunters entering the sanctuary.
The hunters had entered the Sanctuary on Thursday afternoon at around 12 PM and killed a Hog Deer during the night hunting by search light. “After getting the input of the hunters entering the Sanctuary, we followed them and waited to ambush. Siang River toward right bank and the hunters surrendered when we asked them to surrender”, added Perme who is a one of few dedicated officer of D. Ering WL Sanctuary who has been awarded Silver Medal by State Government in 2018.
According to one sanctuary staff, the hunted Hog Deer was a female with a fawn as proved by milk suckling sign and, milk leakages. When asked, the hunters confessed their offence and revealed that they had attempted hunting inside the sanctuary earlier too.
Divisional Forest Officer, Tasang Taga who also rushed to the spot said that the offenders will be booked as per relevant laws of Wildlife Act. The arrested hunters were later handed over to Sille-Oyan PS this evening after their statements were recorded.
Meanwhile, Beat Officer Perme has appealed the police and magistrate to cancel the all three 12 Bore Guns used in the hunting with (i) Gun No. 42813-98 New Art Work makes (double barrel), (ii) Gun No. 14800-93, Tawi Arms make and (iii) Gun No. 0/8-9346 GriCo make.
As per reports, one of the gun is said to be of a Gaon Burah of Oyan village.
The officials of D. Ering Memorial WL Sanctuary led by DFO Tasang Taga has appealed to people of the district including from neighboring districts whose guns are used here in East Siang District to refrain from giving their guns to hunters for hunting inside the Sanctuary.