Meghalaya: Man kills and eats Hoolock Gibbon (Huro) in Tura
TURA: A man identified as Sengra T Sangma, a resident of Williamnagar has been accused of capturing, killing and then eating a Hoolock Gibbon (Huro) that was being protected by hundreds of families across four villages.
Senithson D Shira, a resident of Dobetkolgre Terrace Gittim, Williamnagar while talking to newsmen said, "We only came to know of the missing of our 'Huro' a few days after when it did not make its usual cries. We searched everywhere but could not find it. We later discovered that it had been killed and eaten by Sengra and another accomplice. We are in deep shock as it has been under our care since a long time."
The incident came to light when villagers failed to spot the Gibbon for quite some time which thus created suspicion, leading them to investigate on the matter.
This led to the capture of Sangma along with his accomplice. It is learnt that Sangma had allegedly caught the gibbon more than a month ago, killed and ate the animal.
The killing of the gibbon, already on the endangered species list, has come as a shock to the four villages that took care of gibbons.
The villages of Dawa Mronggittim, Daa Matchakol, New Dengagre and Dobetkolgre Terrace Gittim have been taking care of a group of more than 10 hoolock gibbons and the efforts are huge in maintaining them.
ACF Terakchi Marak confirmed the investigation in to the killing. "The matter has been investigated and a report of the incident drawn up. The same has been submitted to Court on Friday and the two accused people appeared in Court," said Marak.