BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
GILGIT: At least five persons on Tuesday were sentenced for killing two precious ibexes in separate incidents in Gilgit-Baltistan.
In the first case, a magistrate in wildlife department Gilgit sent two person to jail for six months for illegally hunting an ibex in Bar valley of Nagar district.
The men identified as Janan and Hasnain were also fined Rs50,000 each for the crime which is dealt with under wildlife act. The accused had already been sent to prison two days back by the magistrate temporarily for lack of evidence but after the fresh evidence on Monday they were jailed for six months besides the fine.
“This sentence came after the accused confessed and evidences were produced before the magistrate,” Shabbir Baig, a range forest officer in Wildlife department Hunza-Nagar said on Tuesday.
He said besides used bullet shells,the head and horns of the dead animal was also recovered from the possession of the accused.
The second sentence was announced against three men who killed Ibex in Ghizer valley recently.
Besides six month imprisonment, Jhangir, Mola Baig and Mashoon Baig were also imposed a fine worth Rs50,000 each.
The accused had hunted the ibex in Ishkoman last month and had been caught red handed by wildlife guards and community members on surveillance.
“The three have been jailed for six months,” Divisional forest officer [DFO] at Wildlife department Gilgit Ijlal Ahmad said, adding the sentence will discourage illegal hunting in the region.
The illegal hunting and the ensuing sentence to the perpetrators has come in the midst of trophy hunting which is a government sponsored programme to safeguard precious wildlife animals.Trophy hunting, as it is called, is aimed to protect precious wildlife animals from being hunted illegally. In November 2015, the provincial government sold permits to hunt four markhors, 60 ibexes and eight blue sheep in the region. The licence fee for markhors, Himalayan blue sheep and ibexes was set at $67,500, $8,800 and $3,000 respectively.