A court in Assam has sentenced seven years of imprisonment to a man for killing an endangered species of mammal ‘hog deer’ which is listed in Schedule III of the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972.
On March 18, 2019, a security guard, Mridul Sonowal had lodged an FIR against him at Saikhowa police station in Assam’s Tinsukia district. The man was arrested while he was carrying a dead hog deer on a two-wheeler when Sonowal and his colleague intercepted and apprehended the man.
The accused identified as Ashik Barua hailing from Uparlaopani village was sentenced to seven years in prison along with a fine of Rs. 50,000. The judge also prescribed an additional year of imprisonment “in default” of the fine.
The evidence in the case was recorded five times by the additional sessions court between September 20, 2018, and July 25 this year.
The court while delivering the sentence said that the accused had already served the period of detention and shall be off against the seven-year sentence under a relevant section of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
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