Guwahati, April 8: Addressing a press meet in Guwahati today, Chiriakha Suraksha Mancha (CSM) general secretary Rajkumar Baishya has alleged that the authorities of Assam State Zoo & Botanical Garden, Guwahati are neglecting the upkeep of the zoo while duping the general people that with every passing year it has been making improvement in the zoo infrastructure and its upkeep.
On the other hand, the CSM has pointed out that the number of deer in the zoo is rapidly declining. Stating that earlier the number was 1200 and now the number it has declined to 400, the Mancha expressed its suspicion that zoo officials and staff could be consuming deer meat.
Further, the CSM alleged that the cages and dens are very ill maintained, throwing to the wind important aspects like hygiene and proper health of the animals.
The Mancha has further alleged that invaluable items like ivory was earlier lost from the zoo earlier. While a probe committee was formed, its report has not been made public. The Mancha alleged that same is the case with other probe reports pertaining to the zoo.
The Mancha has also resented that the issue of ill maintence of Assam State Zoo & Botanical Garden, Guwahati has not been taken up for discussion by the Assam Legislative Assembly in the desired manner.