Subrahmanya: Two hunters arrested

Three giant squirrels killed

Team Udayavani, Jul 29, 2019, 1:29 PM IST

Subrahmanya: Two persons were arrested by the Forest Department officials in Kukke Subrahmanya on the charge of hunting and killing three giant squirrels in the reserve forest near the temple town on Sunday.

The arrested are identified as Honnappa K. (42) of Charmata House, Nalkuru village, Nadugallu in Sullia taluk, and Ramesh P.K. (42) of Kallugudde House, Kukke Subrahmanya village in Kadaba taluk.

The hunting was noticed at Posara Thodu area in the reserve forest at about 2.15 p.m. Giant squirrels are protected animals under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. They are Schedule II animals under the Act which provides absolute protection.

Meanwhile, forest officials have launched a search for two more accused who are absconding. Subrahmanya D. of Ambekallu House in Nalkuru village, Sullia taluk, and Subrahmanya Noochila of Noochila village, Subrahmanya in Kadaba taluk, who are currently on the run are wanted in connection to this crime.

The case is being investigated by Assistant Conservator of Forest Austin and Tyagaraj, Range Forest Officer, Kukke Subrahmanya.

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