Authorities have formally registered a case against the person, seen in a viral video, whipping a common myna in Balakote of Poonch district.
A Wildlife official told Srinagar-based news agency Global News Service (GNS) that after going through the video, it was established that the act warranted action.
“We have watched the video-clip and it has been ascertained that the act is an offence as per Wildlife Act 1972 under sections 2(16)(b) and section 9,” the official said adding that “We have conveyed it to the police station concerned to take immediate action against the offender.”
When contacted SHO Mendhar Manzoor Kohli told GNS that a case FIR number 110/2021 under the cited sections by Wildlife department authorities of Wildlife Act 1972 has been registered and further action being taken up.
As reported by Global News Service (GNS), the accused identified as one Mohammad Shakil, resident of Sandote in Balakote area can be seen hitting the bird – Common Myna – on its legs with a stick – in a two-minute and eighteen second chilling video. Using expletives on the bird tied to a tree, the accused can also be seen uttering words like “Tell the truth, how many squabs (baby pigeons) has it eaten…” (GNS)