One Tockay Gecko rescued and released at Kakching Forest Reserve

One Tockay Gecko rescued and released at Kakching Forest Reserve

Written By: / Saturday, 18 July 2020 17:07

IT News
Imphal, July 18:

One mid-sized Tockay Gecko  (Gekko gecko) a prized possession in the commercial black market of South-east Asia due to its alleged medicinal properties was released at Kakching Forest Reserve by the forest officials. The reptile was rescued by forest officials from the courtyard of one Kshetrimayum Chourajit of Kakching Laithagol Leikai in the evening after it started cackling in a loud noise scaring the family members and later reported for fear of being captured and sale by people. N.Munal Meitei, Range Forest Officer, while releasing the reptile said, there is no scientific proof for claims that the animal can cure diseases like AIDS, Hepatitis etc. He further urged people not to kill wild animals and inform forest officials when they venture into residential area.

It may be mentioned that Tockay Gecko is listed under Schedule IV of Wild life protection Act, 1972 and capturing or killing of the reptile will invite 3 years jail term or Rs 25,000 fine or both.

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