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Posted: Mar 25 2015 (08:04)

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Mar 24 2015 (23:20)   Railways violating wildlife law by hiring langurs: Activists
 

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Agra: The decision to hire langurs to drive away monkeys from four railway stations of Agra division has been opposed by animal rights activists who say it is a violation of wildlife laws.
A complaint to the effect has been filed by Naresh Kadian, president of the Animal Welfare Party, with the railway ministry. He said langurs cannot be held in captivity as it is against wildlife laws.
Another organization, People for Animal (PFA), Agra, plans to send a notice to railway officials. According to PFA president Surat Gupta, the matter
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has come to their notice and they will make an inquiry into the matter. "It is illegal to hold langurs in captivity and make them work. We will first talk to railway officials and if they do no take back their orders, we will send them a notice."
Six langurs have been hired at a whopping package of almost Rs 1.5 lakh per annum by the Railways to get rid of monkeys from four major railway stations of Agra division. With a tidy two-year-contract under their tail, six of these traditional monkey-scarers are set to earn a cumulative Rs 9 lakh per annum for their efforts.
The railway authorities had reasoned that the monkeys were a big menace at the stations. They climb up to the overhead railway cables. Often, they would get electrocuted and their bodies hang on the cable, bringing railway operations to a halt. Due to a growing number of such incidents, the engineering department had decided that it would be best to hire six langurs, an official had told TOI.
The langurs, under the supervision of their handlers, would guard these stations as well as the DRM office. They would work in shifts of 12 hours starting from seven in the morning. Their duties would involve constant patrolling of the stations to ensure that the monkeys are kept at bay and passengers are not harassed by the simians.
Sukanya Kadyan, a volunteer of Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, has also asked railway authorities concerned to withdraw the "illegal" order at once and tender an apology, besides taking action against the officials involved in taking the decision to hire langurs.
Naresh Kadian said the langur is listed under Schedule-II of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 and is a protected species. Keeping Schedule-II wild animals in captivity is a crime against Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 and no one can claim private ownership of wild animals as per section 39 of the Act.
Activists said hiring of langurs amounted to misappropriation of public funds as it is illegal to do so. Langurs should be freed and rehabilitated in the forest, they said.
When contacted, Bhupinder Dhillon media in-charge at the Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Agra office, said, "The langurs were hired after following the procedure of issuing tenders and taking other steps."
DRM Sunil Sharma could not be contacted for his comments.

  
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Law of Life "One's Life is another's Death/exploitation"
If monkeys attack these socalled Wild Life Lovers , where will they go and what will they do ?
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