Guwahati, September 3: Assam Forest Department has ordered probe into unnatural deaths of two endangered Gangetic River Dolphins which were found dead in Kulsi river at Salpara in Chamaria area under Kamrup district.
The carcasses of Gangetic Dolphins (Platanista gangetica) were measured 1.09 and 1.18 metres, respectively. The death of the dolphins under riverine range, Nagarbera was detected at around 9.25 am on Wednesday by local people.
River dolphins are scheduled-I species under the Schedule of Animals, Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.
Assistant Conservator of Forests of Kamrup West Division, Uttam Basumatary has been appointed as the Inquiry officer.
Divisional Forest Officer, Kamrup West Division, Dimpi Bora said due to the unnatural death of the dolphins, it has been suspected that they may have been hunted by some miscreants which is an offence as per Section 55 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. "An offence has been registered under the Nagarbera Range Office under Kamrup West Division vide Offence Report No. NBR2/0ffence/7 of 2021-22 dated 02/09/2021," she said.
The carcasses of dolphins were brought to the State Veterinary Dispensary, Boko for post mortem. The post mortem was conducted by veterinarian, Dr. Hiranmayee Hazarika in presence of Chief Wildlife Warden, M K Yadava, Chief Conservator of Forests, Central Assam Circle, Hemakanta Talukdar, Researcher, WII, Hiyashree Sarma, Field Assistant, WII, Monoj Das and local public.