HAFLONG, Sept 08: Forest officials of Northern Range of West Forest Division under Karbi Anglong district on Saturday afternoon seized more than a 100 kg of live bull frogs or ‘Bamun Bekhuli’ in Assamese from a passenger bus at Bakalia market.
The recovery was made by a team of forest officials led by Assistant Conservation Forest Harinath Ronghang during a routine checking near irrigation colony in Bakalia from a Dimapur bound bus (AS02-AC-0662) coming from Hojai. Ronghang informed that frogs were to be transported to Dimapur, where it is in high demand (for consuming/ sale in market).
Altogether five persons have been detained in this connection including two women (main accused) who are regular suppliers, they have been identified as Bharati Daimary and Purnima Daimary.
“The frogs were being smuggled to Dimapur in Nagaland where the frog is considered a delicacy. Each frog is sold for Rs. 50 to Rs. 60 in Dimapur. The seized frogs will be release after proper rehabilitation. A case has been registered under section 48 A, 48B of Wild Life Protection Act, 1972.” Karbi Anglong’s Principal Chief Conservator of Forest Dr. Abhijeet Rabha said.
“The illegal trading of frogs are being regularly supplied from Hojai district to Dimapur, two months back several sack full of frogs were seized. This illegal trading can be prevented if the officials of neighboring district are alerted.” Rabha added.
The forest officials also found 100 litres of country liquor and 40 kg of fermented cakes used in preparation of country liquor from the same bus. The seized liquor and fermented cakes were later destroyed by the officials.