Hundreds of Birds Killed at Jatinga to Shoot Film!

Birds were allegedly massacred by villagers at the behest of a filmmaker for shooting his documentary

Jatinga, famous for mysterious birds phenomena, turned into a mass killing field for birds on Sunday night, allegedly at the behest of a filmmaker for shooting his documentary.

Bird lovers and locals alleged that documentary filmmaker Ananda had engaged a foreigner to film the killing of birds in Jatinga. Hundreds of birds were killed by villagers in exchange for money given by Ananda, they alleged.

The protection force of the Forest and Environment department immediately rushed to the spot, rescued a few birds and released them. According to ACF Tuhin Langthasa, in-charge of the protection force, a large number of birds visited Jatinga on Sunday but were killed as Ananda, who introduced himself as a documentary filmmaker, encouraged the villagers to put up lights and attract the birds, although there is a ban on using lights during the period when birds migrating over long distances visit Jatinga.

Bird lovers and locals alleged that documentary filmmaker Ananda had engaged a foreigner to film the killing of birds in Jatinga.

Following continuous awareness drive, the killing of birds in Jatinga had come down remarkably over the years. However, the alleged incident on Sunday has come as a shocker to bird lovers, animal rights activists and concerned citizens. 
Jatinga village
Image: Jatinga village


Dismayed at the damage done to years of good work towards bird conservation in Jatinga, they have now urged the authority concerned to take necessary action against the fimmaker who paid villagers to kill rare birds in hundreds merely to make his documentary. 

Dima Hasao Deputy Commissioner Dibyajyoti Hazarika, when contacted, expressed concern and assured to take necessary action.  Meanwhile, an FIR has been lodged at Haflong Police Station.

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