‘Lockdown festival’ concludes behind bars

Kohima, April 21 (NE): An interesting conclusion to the lockdown festival – viral video episode, Nagaland Forest Department through a press release informed that four suspects for killing of wild animals inside Intangki National Park, have surrendered.

Press release issued by Chief Wild Warden, Dimapur on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 said, four suspects namely Imchainba s/o Supongmar, Longkhum village, Osungkum N Jamir, s/o NM Jamir, Unger village, Yanger Jamir s/o Bendang, Unger village and Opangtemsu, s/o Wati, Asangma village have surrendered to wild wing, department of environment, forest and climate change.

This follows investigation by the department into the incident and zeroing down on the suspects seen in the video celebrating Lockdown Festival. Despite lacking technical capability, the department using its own resources, traced and identified the culprits in question, the Chief wildlife warden said in the press release.

“The video depicts ruthless killing of wild animals including Barking deer and large Indian civet cat,” said Chief wildlife warden.

The case is being investigated further as per relevant sections of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972, and other relevant laws as applicable, it added.