A team of Mohali Police accompanied by activists from People For Animals raided the biology laboratory of DAV Public Senior Secondary School, Mohali, and took away 12 specimens of endangered species that the school was keeping without permission. A DDR has been registered in the case.
Members of People For Animals (PFA) filed a complaint with the Mohali police alleging that DAV Public Senior Secondary School, Mohali, has kept 12 preserved specimens of endangered species in the school biology laboratory. The PFA team with the help of police inspected the school lab and found 12 specimens of snakes, frogs and other reptiles in jars of formaldehyde.
The Mohali police confiscated the specimen jars and after proper verification of the jars, they will take appropriate action.
In a circular issued in 2011 and repeated earlier this year the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) reminded affiliated schools that it is illegal to use rare/endangered species and plants in school laboratories and classrooms. The board directed affiliated schools to surrender preserved museum specimen of plants and animals that are rare and threatened (as per the Wildlife Protection Act 1972) to the Ministry of Environment and Forest Department. However, school principal Rosy Sharma was not aware of the circular. She expressed surprise at the charges leveled against the school and stated that the specimens have been kept in the lab for years.
Mohali police have lodged a DDR in this case and further investigations are on.
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