Puducherry, Apr 30 UNI | 3 months ago

Forest Department officials and police, in a joint operation, today arrested two people engaged in fishing in the protected area of Oussudu lake, a wild life sanctuary.

G Sathiamoorthy, IFS, Deputy Conservator of Forests, said Satheesh (24) and Suresh (30), residents of Vanur in Villupuram district of Tamil Nadu were arrested and fishing materials including , 10 fishing nets, one small boat, one catmaran and 50 kg of fish, were seized from them. The arrested persons have been charged under section 51 (A) of Wildlife Protection Act 1972. The operation was held around 0400 hrs today.

Sathiamoorthy told newspersons that the Oussudu lake is home for around 140 native species, like pintail ducks, egrets, grey and pond herons, eels, cormorants and white breasted water hen etc.

In addition it attracts migratory birds, pelicans and storks, which comes for shelter and roosting during the month of November, he added.

The sanctuary, which is nearly 400 hectares, is protected under the Wild Life Act and often warnings have been issued to the people about poaching the birds and fish in the lake. But people ignore these and engage in fishing violating the rules, he said.

He said the raid was conducted after noticing the rampant activities of the poachers in the lake in the recent times as most of the officials and police were engaged in election related duties.

If the situation is allowed to continue, the native birds, migratory birds and the breeding of fish will be threatened, he said.

(Posted on 30-04-2014)