In Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar district lies a massive wetland that houses hundreds of species of birds. Haiderpur wetland is a part of the Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary and sees many migratory birds flocking to it during the winter season. Fed by the Ganga and Solani river it is spread over 1,214 hectares.
However, the presence of countless bird species, as well as other animals has brought to the fore issues such as poaching and illegal fishing. According to a recent article in Down To Earth, the bird species found in the area has been steadily rising, going from 174 species in June 2019 to around 295 species recently. Alongside, creatures such as turtles and dolphins also frequent the area.
The Uttar Pradesh police on Wednesday shared a video giving a glimpse into their work in the area. "We fish for criminals of all kinds! A task force of Muzafarnagar Police is chasing a special category of criminals in the biggest Gangetic wetlands of UP. Have a look!" read the caption.
The video gives insight into the wetland's ecosystem as well as the efforts to preserve the area and prevent poaching. The local police and forest department has, the video clip adds, joined hands to protect the biodiversity. Take a look at the clip.