Bandipora: The Wildlife department has seized five punt guns from the Wullar-lake, in Bandipora, one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia and largest flood basin of Kashmir in north Kashmir.
A senior official of the wildlife wetlands department said in the drive against rampant poaching, they have seized five punt guns this year from the hunters living in lake peripheries.
According to officials, the punt gun is a very large shotgun, used for shooting a number of waterfowl at once. It is normally operated by two people as it weighs upto 40 kg. These guns were largely used for hunting birds in 19th and 20th century.
While the authorities have imposed ban on the use of guns in and around the water body, residents have now and then alleged that locally made guns are being used by hunters to kill wetland birds with impunity. The lake is spread over 130 square kilometers but in the winter the lake is reduced to 24 square kilometers. Officials say it is very difficult to patrol the lake given its vastness and lack of manpower with the wildlife department.