From our Correspondent
KOKRAJHAR, Jan 21: During back-to-back operations by 16th Bn.SSB, Ranighuli in the Indo-Bhutan border of Chirang and Kokrajhar districts, one of the units apprehended a person along with two turtles of endangered species on Friday at around 4.45 pm in the jungle area near Samodwisa No-2, which is about 12 km from BP no 167. As per forest officials, the estimated price of the two turtles is around Rs.10,000. The apprehended person has been identified as Anu Basumatary (30) son of Sama Saran Basumatary of No-3 Samodwisa under Runikhata police station in Chirang district. The apprehended person, along with the seized turtles, was handed over to Forest Range Office, Runikhata. In this regard AKC Singh, Commandant of the 16th Bn. appealed to the people of the bordering area to stop hunting wild animals for food or for hobby because most of the animals and birds found in the BTC area belonged to the endangered species and everybody should come forward to protect them.