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Fisherman Arrested for Accidentally Catching, Eating Endangered Dolphin

© AP Photo / Armando FrancaA dolphin calf swims
A dolphin calf swims - Sputnik India, 1920, 25.07.2023
Dolphins are generally endangered and not easily sighted in the River Yamuna. However, as the river has seen a significant increase in water level over the past few days due to incessant rains, several rare aquatic species have reached the river bank.
Police in India have arrested a fisherman for killing a rare dolphin from the River Yamuna in Uttar Pradesh state, media reported on Tuesday. He later cooked and ate it with his friends.
The Forest Department allegedly took cognizance of the matter after a video went viral on social media in which three men were allegedly seen carrying a huge fish on their shoulders. Many netizens identified the fish as a dolphin.
Ravindra Kumar, the forest ranger of the area, complained on Monday against Ranjeet Kumar, Sanjay, Deevan, and Baba on under Wildlife protection, 1972 Act.
Ranjeet Kumar has since been arrested and is being interrogated, police officials confirmed.
Gangetic dolphins have been declared an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). In 2021, the government of India launched a dolphin conservation programme to save the rare freshwater species.
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