Margao: Goa Forest Department has rescued five people and rescued several wild animals and birds, who were used for recreational purpose at Varca village in South Goa.
A senior Forest Department official said that the raid was conducted on Thursday on an Open Air Hall, used for weddings and other ceremonies at Varca village in South Goa.
The raid was conducted after Range Forest office’s mobile squad at Margao town received information about illegal captivity and display of wild animals and birds in an open Air Hall.
He said that during the raid, the department rescued a White Bellied Sea Eagle, a Malabar Gaint Squirrel, a Black Kite, seven Plum Headed Parakeet, a Vernal Hanging Parrot, twelve Black Headed Munia, six Rose Ringed Parakeet amongst others.
“Above species are protected under Schedule I, II and IV of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972,” he said.
Five staff of Open Air Hall was arrested by the Forest department for their involvement in handling, Shifting and Hiding of the wildlife.
All the five accused are remanded to Judicial Custody till March 14.
Forest department said that the owner of the Hall was not found and Site and search for nabbing the accused is under progress. “Seized Birds and Animals are successfully released in wild,” he added.