U.P. youth beat endangered Gangetic dolphin to death
Video shows a group of males and kids mauling it with axes and sticks in the shallow waters of Sharda canal in Pratapgarh district
In this image made from video, a group of guys are seen beating up a Gangetic Dolphin in Uttar Pradesh’s Pratapgarh on December 31,2020 Image: Special Arrangement.
Video shows a group of guys and boys whipping it with axes and sticks in the shallow waters of Sharda canal in Pratapgarh district
A video of a group of guys and kids in Uttar Pradesh’s Pratapgarh district beating to death a Gangetic river dolphin appeared on social media on Friday.
An endangered types, the Gangetic River Dolphin is identified as the National Aquatic Animal.
In the video of the occurrence, which occurred on December 31, 2020, in the shallow waters of the Sharda canal near a town, a group of guys and young boys can be seen whipping the dolphin with axes and sticks. The group first caught the dolphin with an internet, following which one of them slammed the hapless creature with an axe. Others signed up with in with axes and thick sticks and held down the dolphin by its fin, while some of the residents punctured the dolphin with sharp things causing blood oozing out of it.
The Pratapgarh police said they had jailed 3 individuals and sent them to jail. Further legal action was being taken.
In the FIR lodged at the Nawabganj police headquarters versus unidentified individuals, it was discussed that a post- mortem on the dolphin was carried out.
A punishable offense
Killing the Gangetic River Dolphin is a punishable offense under Section 9/51 of the Wildlife Defense Act, 1972, the FIR said.
The intention behind the criminal activity is not yet known.
On January 2, IFS officer Ramesh Pandey shared a link and photo of the event and tweeted: “In an unfortunate incidents a Gangetic Dolphin got eliminated by residents in Pratapgarh district of UP. Locals believed the types a ‘Fish’ which may threaten for their lives. Wildlife awareness is much needed for preservation.”
In August, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Job Dolphin, for the preservation of the water mammals.
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