Pony transporters detained at Indo-Myanmar border down Moreh

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Imphal: Amid the campaign to save the vulnerable Manipur Pony nine of the species were found trying to transport from Sekmaijin, Kakching district to Moreh, Indo-Myanmar border town in Tengnoupal district on Thursday.

They were suspected to be trafficked into Myanmar.

The ponies along with the transporters were detained at Tengnoupal police station for the verification of the horse breed.

The police action was taken after Manipur Pony Society secretary N. Ibungochoubi informed to police of the ponies that were being transported from Sekmaijin to Moreh.

Police said the transporter reached Tengnoupal police station at about 3 pm.

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A certificate produced by the transporter, issued by office of Kakching veterinary hospital, mentioned that Jamkhogin from Chikin village, Kakching district is carrying nine horses from Sekmaijin to Moreh for the purpose of rearing. The certificate was issued on Saturday, signed by veterinary officer Sh. Brojendro Singh.

It is reported that the horses are being transported in a goods truck bearing registration number NL07A-6692.

Superintendent of police, Tengnoupa, Th. Bikramjit Singh said if the transporters are able to produce proper documents regarding transportation of the horses then they will be released. As there is lack of facility for verification of the horse breed, he has instructed concerned police officials to contact experts.

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He said as weather in Tengnpoupal may affect health condition of horses, police are trying to finish the verification at the earliest.

Ibungochoubi said there is no criminal offence on carrying, rearing or transporting animals if proper care is taken during transportation. He informed police for the matter as there is an apprehension of transportation of ponies for other purpose which could affect Manipur pony population.
He encouraged the transporter as per in the certificate it is mentioned that the horses are for rearing purpose. However, the society will not tolerate if the horses are transporting for other purpose that may harm the horses, he added.

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The Manipur pony has been in a vulnerable population of hardly 2,000 and among the recognised six breeds of Indian horses, Manipur pony has the least population, he added.

He appreciated Manipur police for taking immediate action for the process of verification on transportation of the said horses.

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