Former DHD Chief Dileep Nunisa arrested in Guwahati by Assam police for possessing an endangered gecko lizard in Guwahati on Wednessday, August 14, 2013.
SSP(Senior Superintendent of Police) of Guwahati Anand Prakash Tiwari said Dileep Nunisa, former chairman of Dima Halam Daogah (DHD), was arrested after a gecko was found in his vehicle. He added that three women were detained for their alleged involvement in the crime.
Possessing or selling a gecko lizard is punishable under the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972.
DHD was a militant outfit based in Dima Hasao district and had been fighting for a separate Dimasa homeland. The outfit signed a memorandum of settlement with the central and state governments in 2012, after which it was disbanded in March.
The gecko lizard was alive, police said. It would be handed over to the authorities of the Assam State Zoo at Guwahati.