Assam: YouTuber arrested for offering to sell parakeets on social media

Guwahati: A person has been arrested in Assam’s Kokrajhar district for allegedly offering to sell parakeets on his YouTube channel, a forest official said on Monday.

He was apprehended by Gossaiagaon Police and later handed over to the Forest department, he said.

Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of Kachugaon, Bhanu Sinha, told PTI that the accused, Jahidul Islam, was arrested on the basis of a complaint by People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

“After receiving the complaint, the local police as well as our department located the person. He was arrested by the police from Gossaigaon on Friday and the next day, he was handed over to us,” Sinha said.

The person was produced before the local court the same day and was sent to judicial custody, the official said.

“Two parakeets were recovered from Islam. The involvement of any other person will be known after investigation,” Sinha said.

Catching, trapping and sale of parakeets are illegal under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

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