Tamenglong, October 6, 2019:

The administration in Manipur’s Tamenglong has ordered immediate ban on all air guns and directed residents to deposit them to the village authorities to give safe passage to Amur falcons (Falcon amurensis), which migrate in the district.

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This was ordained by deputy commissioner Armstrong Pame of Tamenglong district in Manipur, which came into effect from Saturday.

Amur falcons travel arrive in some parts of the the Northeast in October’s first week and roost till the end of November.

“This period is considered crucial in the life cycle of Amur falcons, I, the undersigned District Magistrate, Tamenglong hereby orders ban on all the air guns in the district and they should be deposited with the respective village authorities office”, said the order.

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The order asked people to keep the air guns deposited under the custody of 36 village authorities including the Tamenglong town until the last flock leave their roosting or till November 30, 2019. Moreover, a report of collection of air guns is to be submitted to the Deputy Commissioner’s office by October 25.

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It may be mentioned that the hunting/killing/destruction of wildlife(including migratory birds Amur falcons locally known as Akhuaipuina in any way for food or possession or otherwise is punishable under Wildlife Protection Act 1972. The order further stated that anybody found violating the law will have to face consequences as per the law.

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