GUWAHATI: At least six persons involved in causing the electrocution death of two adult female wild Asian elephants, a Schedule I species protected under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 in Digholdorioli area, Sivasagar has been arrested by the forest department.
A case has been registered against them by Sivasagar Range under Sivasagar Territorial Forest Division for violation of the provisions of the section- 9 R/W section-2 (16) & (35) and section-52 and punishable as per the section-51 of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 along with Assam Amendment Act 2009.
The arrested accused caused the death of the two elephants by laying illegal electric fencing around Rabi crops in an illegal cultivation area in Digholdorioli grazing land.
All the six accused persons were arrested on Sunday and produced before a local court in Sivasagar and sent to judicial custody.
Material evidence was seized from the field and a preliminary report by a veterinary officer conducting on spot PM showed signs of electrocution death in both the elephants.
The Wildlife (Protection) Assam Amendment Act 2009 provides enhanced punishment as well as penalty and is triable in the Sessions court.