Jamshedpur, Jan 23: Jamshedpur divisional forest officer (DFO) Mamta Priyardarshi acting on a tip-off directed Mango forest range officer Rambabu Kumar to raid the shops near Jama Masjid in Sakchi selling pet animals.
The forest department team comprising senior forest officials of Mango range raided the location and the vendors started fleeing seeing the forest officials leaving the animals at the shop.
The forest officials recovered 10 rabbits and 50 different varieties of parrots from the shops while they also released over a dozen parrots and other varieties of birds.
The forest ranger Rambabu Kumar said that they would be released the seized parrots in the forest area while the rabbits would be released at a safe spot in the forest.
According to Jamshedpur DFO Mamta Priyardarshi, as per Indian Forest Act 1927 section 261, sale and purchase and hunting of animals like parrots, wild cocks, peacocks, pigeon, myenah and cranes are prohibited. The DFO said that they would be conducting similar raids in future to stop such sale and purchase of birds and rabbits in Sakchi.