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IND Press: Release of poisonous snakes

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Posted by: Herp_News at Tue Jan 7 18:44:40 2014  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Herp_News ]  
   

THE HINDU (Chennai, India) 28 December 13 Release of poisonous snakes at Kakkayam alleged
Hundreds of local people under the banner of the Kakkayam Karshaka Raksha Samiti staged a sit-in in front of the Kakkayam Eco Tourism Centre in the district on Friday in protest against the forest officials reportedly releasing poisonous snakes near human settlements at Kakkayam on Thursday night.
A four-member Forest Department team led by Thamarassery Deputy Ranger K.P. Balan had been detained by the locals at 8.30 p.m. on Thursday for allegedly releasing about 20 poisonous snakes, including cobra and king cobra, at Kakkayam.
Tourist vehicles were prevented from proceeding to the dam site. The agitators also warned that they would continue the strike.
Usually, snakes and other wild animals captured by the Thamarassery and Peruvannamuzhi range offices are released at the Kakkayam dam site.
However, local people alleged that the forest officials released the captured reptiles at locations near settlements at Kakkayam, instead of the designated area.
On Thursday, they grew suspicious when the forest team that passed the Kakkayam town at 8 p.m. returned within 15 minutes, the villagers said. Normally, the 15-km route took at least an hour to cover. Last month, a similar incident had taken place. Complaints submitted before the police and the Department for Forests and Wildlife had not been addressed so far.
The issue was temporarily sorted out by around midnight after the police and senior forest officials intervened in the matter. However, the Kurachundu police have registered a case in connection with the incident.
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