Tourism dept files police complaint over death of gulls

Times of India | 6 days ago | 23-11-2022 | 04:38 am

Tourism dept files police complaint over death of gulls

Vasco/Margao: A recklessly-driven SUV on Arossim beach ran over a flock of brown headed gulls on Monday resulting in the death of two birds.Following the incident, deputy director, department of tourism, Margao, lodged a complaint with the Verna police station against the driver of the Telangana registered vehicle as driving of unauthorised vehicles on beaches is among a number of activities declared as “nuisance” by the government under the Goa Tourist Places Protection and Maintenance Act, 2001.In the complaint, the deputy director stated that on Monday at 3pm, the SUV “was found to be recklessly and illegally driving at Arrosim beach, and ran over a flock of brown headed gulls, resulting in the death of two gulls”.“By this act, the vehicle driver has violated the above mentioned order promulgated by a public servant and has committed an offence under Section 188 of the IPC,” the official stated in the complaint.“”In view of the above, I hereby request you to register an FIR agaist the owner/driver of the vehicle under Section 188 of the IPC as well as other relevant provisions in force, and initiate further criminal proceedings against the accused,” the deputy director stated in the complaint.The incident prompted outrage from locals and visitors who demanded action against the culprits involved in the act.Speaking to TOI, Verna police station in-charge Diogo Gracias acknowledged receipt of the complaint from the deputy director of tourism. “We will discuss the issue with the higher-ups and act accordingly,” Gracias said.An official from the forest department said, “The killing of birds is a criminal act and the culprits involved in the crime are liable to be booked under the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972.”

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