Patna: Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil
Kumar Modi on Tuesday said farmers can kill nilgai, if the animals
grazed and damaged their farm produces, after obtaining a
permission from the administration.
A farmer could kill a nilgai straying in his field,
but only after obtaining permission from either the district
magistrate or the Sub-Divisional Officer (SDOs) who have been
declared as the honorary wildlife wardens, Modi said in the
Legislative Council while replying to a debate on the forest
and environment department budget.
The environment and forest department is held by the
deputy chief minister.
Modi said there was no option but to kill the nilgai
destroying farm produces as all efforts, including
sterlization of male nilgai, had failed to give desired
To allay apprehension among people about killing
nilgai, he said the wild animal was not related to cow which
was revered by the faithfuls.
Modi said a forest department team will launch a drive
to kill nilgai so that people could learn the method and do so
on their own in future.