New Delhi, June 23: Wildlife articles trading is the third largest trade in the world. India won’t spare criminals who do the illegal trade of animal parts and other wildlife crimes. Serious action will be taken against such criminals. It is now accepted that India will be free from such criminals soon.
Addressing ‘Wildnet operations’ in Noida the Environment Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said, “Wildlife crimes being taken seriously, criminals will not be spared at any cost”. Appreciating the seizure of wildlife articles in ‘Wildnet operations’ in Noida conducted on Thursday evening by Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, Dr. Harsh Vardhan termed the operations as a timely and appreciable intervention and pointed out that 'Wildnet operations' were based on monitoring of websites.
Under various Schedules of the Wildlife Protection Act, seized articles all are protected which includes 25 Hatha Jodi, 25 Siyar Singhi, 24 Sea Fan, 1 Trochus, 6 Lambis shell, 91 black cowrie, 130 white cowrie and 27 sea-shells. Moreover, above Rs. 18 lakh in cash were also seized. A case has been registered under section 9, 39, 48A, 49B and 50 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 by Dadri Range under Noida Forest Division of Uttar Pradesh against a person who has been arrested in Noida.
Such illegal trade in parts of wildlife person will be punished with imprisonment from three to seven years and a fine up to Rs. 10,000 for the first offense and if attended the same crime again then the person will be punished with imprisonment of not less than three years extendable to seven years and a fine of Rs. 25,000.
Among the seized wildlife articles, Hatha Jodi is the dried male reproductive organ of Monitor Lizard, covered under Schedule 1 Part II of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. Siyar Singhi, a part of the Jackal is covered under Schedule-II Part-II of the Wild Life (Protection) Act 1972, Indrajal (Sea Fan) is covered under Schedule I part III, Trochus is covered under the Schedule-IV, Lambis shell and other sea shells seized are covered under the Schedule IV of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.
Environment Minister stated, “Such operations express Modi government’s seriousness and commitment to fight wildlife crime and these operations will be continued in future”. The Environment Minister emphasized that the operations in Noida have been carried out in continuation of earlier successful operations in Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, and Orissa.