Killing of Domestic Livestock : Task force to catch Manipur’s mysterious ‘predator’

By M.Devanand Sharma

Imphal (Manipur) , Nov 30 : State Forest and Environment Minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar accompanied by the officials of the Forest and Wildlife department today conducted a spot inspection near the banks of Imphal river at the Ningomthong Kitna Panung, Imphal East.

The inspection comes after a woman, identified as Mutum Inakhunbi saw two unidentified animals at the residential area at around 3.30 pm yesterday.

The minister appealed to the public to refrain from killing of wild animals in the aftermath of the mysterious killing of domestic livestock’s. He said a proper investigation will be made as soon as the team of experts from Dehradun based Wildlife Institute of India reach here .

The minister said it is not proper to kill animals merely out of suspicion. ” The Forest department and other teams are jointly investigating and the reason behind the killings will be out soon ,” the minister told South Asia Views.

Meanwhile, the mysterious and bizarre killings of domestic animals and fowls are occurring in several parts of the State. Two piglets were found killed and another injured in the intervening night between Nov 28 and 29 at Tekcham Mamang Leikai, Thoubal.

The piglets belonging to one Langpoklakpam Nanao, were reared in a pigsty in his field. Among the three piglets , one of them was found dragged and devoured from different parts of the body , while one was found killed in the sty itself and the other was found injured and lying at the same spot.

In a related  incident ,around 10 to 12 ducks were found killed and many injured yesterday night in Chingmeirong under Imphal East .While the ducks were found killed , the others were found injured and lying nearby .

Meanwhile , Shyamkumar informed that experts from the state including forensic department also working on the case alongside the Forest Department task forces team who are taking up necessary steps at various strategic locations.

The team will also study the eating patterns of various animals at the Manipur Zoological Garden from tonight, he added. Unless the final report is submitted by the wildlife experts regarding the predator, he added, no concrete action can be implemented and that it is not justified to kill animals merely out of suspicion.

Samples of the dead bodies of the pigs and ducks involved in last night’s incident have been sent for further investigations to Veterinary Department, Sanjenthong.


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