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State bid to end ban on wild jumbo-trapping




2009-08-20 - Guwahati, India , Prabin Kalita

Assam has asked the Centre to lift a 1982 ban on mela ‘shikar’, a traditional way of trapping wild jumbos with the help of domesticated elephants. "We want the Centre to withdraw the ban so that we can acquire wild elephants and domesticate them for government duties," said state forest minister Rockybul Hussain on Thursday. The jumbos are needed for carrying guards and tourists in wildlife sanctuaries, transporting EVMs and polling officials to remote areas. Besides, trapping wild pachyderm...



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