Shillong: A man was arrested from the West Gare Hills district of Meghalaya after he reportedly posted pictures of himself cooking and eating a rhesus macaque monkey on social media. Since the animal is a protected species, the man was booked under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972. Officials familiar with the matter said that PETA India brought the matter to the attention of authorities leading to the man’s arrest.
The accused allegedly killed and burnt the rhesus monkey before cooking and eating it. He clicked pictures of the act and posted it on his social media account where PETA India found it and reported it to the concerned authorities. Superintendent of Police (SP), MGR Kumar told news agency PTI that the man’s arrest was preceded by an FIR lodged by the state forest department. His arrest came soon after the FIR was registered.
PETA India also released a statement over the incident claiming that the deputy commissioner of Guwahati ordered the SP and the divisional officer of West Garo Hills to form a joint team to probe the matter. The accused has been identified as one Sengkud Sangma, a resident of West Garo Hills district. The collective also lauded the efforts of the concerned authorities in investigating the matter and arresting the accused.
Rhesus macaque monkeys are protected under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972. Brown primates with red faces and rears, they have close-cropped hair on their heads. They are largely found in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, China and other parts of South-East Asia.