IN A major raid, forest department and local police seized 766 birds, including rare ones, from Nakkhas market on Wednesday.
However, the illegal bird traders ran away right under the police nose. It is for the first time that the residents of Nakkhas came out in full support of the raiding party.
Acting on a tip off, the raiding parties targeted two traders— Ram Avtaar, and Kailash— both a habitual traders in rare birds. Following seizures were made during the raid carried out on Ram Avtaarar’s shop— Two Hill Mayna (The state bird of Chhattisgarh), 53 Alexandria Parakeet, Ring Dove, Black Munia 162, and spotted Munia- 96. In another raid the forest department officials seized Alexandria Parakeet 6, Other parakeet 19, Black Munia 274, Spotted Munia 135, and Black Patridge 8..
The noticeable factor in the raid was the seizure of Hill Mynas. It may be mentioned that 5 Hill Mynas were seized during the December 22 raid.
The raids were carried out under the guidance of DFO Sanjay Singh and the DFO (Endangered species) Renu Singh. The main accused Ram Avtaar and Kailash fled as soon as the police force along with the forest officials reached the spot.
“The officials of the forest department and the police have been laying trap to catch the smugglers red-hand,” said the Conservator of Forests Uma Shankar Singh.
He said that the officials got the information regarding the sale of birds during one such inquiries conducted over phone through anonymous calls, said the conservator.
This time the officials were cautious that no information about the raid was leaked out to the smugglers. Apart from the forest officials, senior police officials including the SI K K Dwivedi and his team extended full support to the forest department.