Govt told to en­sure staff in wildlife dept

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - METRO -

NEWDELHI: A city court or­dered the re­lease of three snakes, res­cued from two men, into their nat­u­ral habi­tat and also di­rected the Delhi govern­ment to en­sure proper staff and equip­ment at the ‘un­der­staffed’ wildlife depart­ment. Ad­di­tional chief met­ro­pol­i­tan mag­is­trate Pawan Singh Ra­jawat di­rected the re­lease of the three snakes — In­dian co­bra, dhaman/rat snake and sand boa — into Asola Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary. The rep­tiles were kept in the Delhi Zoo.

The court di­rected the en­vi­ron­ment sec­re­tary of Delhi govern­ment to en­sure proper staff at the wildlife depart­ment. It also asked the govern­ment to make avail­able to the of­fi­cials, the equip­ment needed for pro­tec­tion of wildlife. It noted that a sim­i­lar or­der had been is­sued by the Na­tional Green Tri­bunal.

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