SHILLONG, May 7 - At least 10 persons have been arrested for allegedly killing an Asiatic black bear in a remote village in East Khasi Hills district, officials said today.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the pregnant bear was caught by using honey boxes as bait, they said.
One person was arrested on May 5 and the rest were arrested on Wednesday, Forest and Environment Minister Lahkmen Rymbui said.
The incident happened on May 4 at Mawpyrthuh village in Pynursla subdivision, a remote area near the India-Bangladesh border.
Rymbui, who is also the Home Minister, said preliminary investigation revealed that the accused had set the bear on fire after capturing it.
�What I would like to state here is that if you hunt wild animals, the law will also not spare you,� he said. � PTI