LUCKNOW: On World Sparrow Day, the UP police Special Task Force (STF) rescued endangered species of birds—parrots and munia—from Nakkhas birds’ market in Lucknow in a joint operation with the wildlife crime control department on Monday.
Two people who were involved in the sale and acquisition of these endangered animals, according to the police, were arrested and booked under various provisions of the Wild Life Conservation Act of 1972.
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At around 8 a.m., 206 parrots and 18 munia birds smuggled from Punjab were rescued when Shahnawaz, a Ludhiana resident, arrived here to hand it over to Rajpati, a Lucknow resident.
These endangered animals are smuggled in from different states and marketed as caged pets in various districts of Uttar Pradesh.
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STF deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Deepak Singh said the raid was carried out in the Nakkhas birds’ market after receiving a particular tip about the transit of Shahnawaz from Punjab, who was supposed to pass over endangered caged birds to Rajpati. He stated that the rescued birds had been handed over to the appropriate forest authority for further action.
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