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Students kill 250 cranes, sell them to roadside eateries

In a shocking incident, seven teenaged students killed 250 endangered white cranes and sold them to roadside eateries as part of a deal to earn a quick buck in Assam`s Jorhat district, officials said on Friday.



Jorhat: In a shocking incident, seven
teenaged students killed 250 endangered white cranes and sold
them to roadside eateries as part of a deal to earn a quick
buck in Assam`s Jorhat district, officials said on Friday.

The boys, studying in Class VII and VIII, had killed the
cranes nesting on trees at Nikhantol area in Baligaon Nabotia
village along the Brahmaputra river in Jorhat yesterday, DFO
Rajib Kumar Das said today.
The locals, after getting to know about the boys making a
deal with the `dhaba` owners to sell each crane for Rs 25 to
Rs 30, informed the forest department and police, Das said.

The boys were rounded up by police and were handed over
to the forest department for interrogation.
During interrogation, the teenagers confessed that they
had entered into an agreement with the `dhaba` owners and sold
the birds packed in gunny bags, the DFO said, adding that the
boys used sling-shots, stones and other means to kill the
cranes.

As the boys were below 18 years of age, their prosecution
would be as per the Juvenile Justice Act along with the
Wildlife Act, if applicable to them, he said.

PTI

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