Guwahati: In a major development in the Tangla Egrets death case, two contractual labourers were arrested on Saturday, taking the complete arrest count to five.
Earlier on Thursday, three officials of the Tangla Municipal Board including the executive officer were arrested by the Tangla forest division.
The entire three officials were booked under the section 50/51/9 of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972.
Notably, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma earlier ordered a probe into the death of over 250 egrets in Tangla un Udalguri district of Assam.
Reportedly, a compliant based on “theory” that bird droppings spread COVID-19 has resulted in the death of scores of egret chicks in Tangla.
It can be mentioned that on June 8, the executive officer of the municipal board in Tangla town served a notice each and every to five persons of Ward Number 1 regarding the issue.
The notice read, “Your neighbours have complained that the egrets nesting on your bamboo groves are destroying the surroundings with their urine and droppings. This can spread corona infection too. You are thereby asked to chop down the bamboo groves for a cleaner, healthier surrounding.”
The five persons who received the notification are Mahendra Deka, Amiyo Narzary, Rajat Bhattacharjee, Lokjeet Sutar and Geetika Das.
Later on June 24, the municipal board sent a couple of men to cut the bamboo groves on Lokjit Sutar’s land. The egrets nest came crashing down, killing scores of chicks.
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