NAGPUR: Toeing the line of Anna Hazare against corruption, the People for Animals (PFA), animal welfare organization, on Tuesday protested against inaction by Sitabuldi police for not filing a charge sheet in the secret burial of deer and emu even a year after the incident.
Due to the dilly-dallying by police, a formal chargesheet could not be filed in the court against the accused, AB Motghare, zoo vet, and Vandan Mohod, suspended associated dean of College of Agriculture, Nagpur.
Both are facing charges of violating Wildlife Protection Act (WPA) 1972, Recognition of Zoo Rules and Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960 for burying emu and a deer without conducting post-mortem on April 13 last year.
On Tuesday, over 25 PFA activists led by Karishma Galani protested against the police inaction at Gandhi statue at Variety Square. "If police doesn't file a chargesheet in eight days, we will launch indefinite protests against them," said Galani.
Motghare and Mohod have been charged with negligence that led to death of two deer while relocating the herbivores to Navegaon National Park on August 13, last. No transit pass (TP), which is mandatory to shift the scheduled animals, was obtained from the forest department by the zoo officials.
Under the WPA 1972, illegal transport of scheduled animals implies a punishment up to three years or a penalty of Rs 25,000 or both. Deer are listed under the Schedule III of the WPA.