On Tuesday, October 15, parakeets were recovered from an Uzbek national. Thirteen parakeets were produced before Delhi’s Patiala House Court on Wednesday. Later they were released and sent to the Okhla Bird Sanctuary.
What crime the parrots have committed? It was a particular incident that took place where birds have smuggled them out of the country. 24-year-old Uzbek national-Anvarjon Rakhmatjonov was arrested by the CISF at the Indira Gandhi International Airport for trying to smuggle them out of the country. The Uzbek national was allegedly trying to smuggle them to Tashkent. During the security check, CISF personnel from Delhi airport arrested the accused person. These parrots were hidden in different shoe boxes. While he claimed they were soft toys, the boxes to find 13 parrots, most of them were unconscious, the official said.
Advocate P.C. Sharma was representing the customs in the case. The Uzbek national was also produced before the court and was sent to judicial custody till October 30.
The export of parrots is prohibited according to the Wildlife Act. The accused was pleading for bail but the court refused to grant him relief and was sent to judicial custody.
These parrots were bought from a vendor in Old Delhi. Because of their high demand in Uzbekistan, he was smuggling them out of the country, accused told the CISF.
The news put onto Twitter too and people’s reaction was very different. Different people have different views.
A similar incident earlier piqued people’s interest. Federal authorities at John F. Kennedy Airport, the USA, on June 20 arrested a man who was trying to smuggle 34 live birds. The smugglers hid the birds inside individual plastic hair curlers in his carry-on luggage and tried to board the plane. He was trying to smuggle birds worth $100,000 to sell them for singing competitions.