Black-capped munias rescued from smugglers in Bangalore
Two men in their 20s have been arrested in southwest Bengaluru for trying to sell 18 pairs of black-capped munia, a protected songbird.
Chennammanakere Achukattu Police said they arrested Pavan, 27, and Prakash R, 22, near Bhuvaneshwari Nagar in Banashankari Stage 3 on Tuesday night and seized the 36 birds.
Black-capped munias are believed to be on the verge of extinction and fall under Schedule 4 of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972. The species covered by appendix 4 are protected and cannot be hunted.
Speaking to DH, a police officer said the arrested suspects bought the birds from the Sunday market in Tirupur, an industrial town in western Tamil Nadu. “They said they brought in 18 pairs by car,” the officer added.
Police were made aware of the bird smuggling around 6.15pm on Tuesday. The informant said two men brought the birds in a cage and were trying to sell them near the Chittoor bus stand in Bhuvaneshwari Nagar. A police team rushed to the scene and arrested the duo. They have been reserved under the Wildlife Protection Act.
According to the police, Pavan is a resident of Rajajinagar while Prakash R is from Magadi Road. Although none of them have criminal records, police are investigating whether they have ever attempted to buy and sell endangered birds.
The munias were handed over to Bannerghatta National Park.
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