Forest minister put on the need for security force to deal wildlife trafficking

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, November, 14, 2019: Manipur forest department needs support of the state police and paramilitary forces in dealing with any matter related to trafficking and smuggling as the forest officials are unarmed.

Forest and environment minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar said this while inaugurating the 2-day workshop on Law Enforcement and Countering Wildlife Trafficking for the frontline field staff of Forests, Wildlife, Assam Rifles, Paramilitary Forces and Manipur Police in the State of Manipur held at forest head office, Sanjenthong, here.

While addressing the problems and threats faced by the forest department while countering wildlife trafficking in the state the minister said thlaw enforcing agencies need to thoroughly check the porous border areas to prevent wildlife trafficking. He said he is optimistic that the issue can be dealt with joint collaboration between the forest department, state police and paramilitary forces.

Additional chief secretary (forest and environment) Suhel Akhtar said as smuggling of wildlife activities are still continuing in the state there is need to organize such kind of workshops in all the districts with the divisional forest officer, police and paramilitary forces of the place. He also stressed on the need to strengthen the legal action against those involving in wildlife trafficking.

In the technical session, DP Bankhwal, IFS (retired), Government of Assam spoke on the topic ‘role of paramilitary services in countering wildlife trafficking’, Aditi Ranjan, conservation biologists spoke on the ‘introduction to wildlife trafficking’, Anirban  Chaudhari, field biologists spoke on ‘commonly trafficked wildlife animals and products’ and MI Varghese, IFS (retired) spoke on introduction to Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972  followed by question and answer session.

The workshop was organised by the Wildlife Wing, forest department in association with the Wildlife Conservation Society India.

K. Angami, PCCF and HoFF, DJN Anand, PCCF (wildlife), officials of the forest department, scientists from Wildlife Institute of India, officials from Manipur Police, Assam Rifles also attended the inaugural day.

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