Tura, Mar 15: Three people were apprehended from North Garo hills district on charges of trapping, killing and consuming a leopard cat from a jungle near their village, Wageasi.
The three persons were arrested by the Wildlife Department after they posted photos in social media.
Leopard cats are Schedule 1 on the list of endangered species leading to the furore that erupted over the killing and consuming of the endangered animal.
A user on Facebook, going by the name of A Chik D Shira posted two photos on his profile page, one showing how the leopard cat was trapped and the next with two persons carrying the animal with steel wires around its neck.
Social media across the region erupted an anger over the photos with things going viral with immediate effect.
The Wildlife department was also informed on the matter leading to a hunt that ended this evening with the arrest of the three from the village of Wageasi in NGH, an official said.
The three have been identified as Golai Marak, Jonesh D Shira and Jaila Marak.
“We were informed this morning of the incident following which we made efforts to track down the people responsible for the trapping and killing of the cat. With the assistance of the police, we were able to arrest them from the village of Wageasi along with the trap and the skin of the leopard cat that they killed,” said Wildlife DFO, Arphiyus Sangma.