6 persons arrested in tiger hunting case.

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Gadchiroli Oct. 27 (District Correspondent) The forest department officials have arrested as many as six persons in connection with the hunting of a tiger. The body parts of the tiger which the hunters had cut off, also have been seized from the hunters.

All the six accused were produced before the Judicial Magistrate here who remanded them to three days forest custody remand.

Among the arrested accused are Pramod Madavi (29), Sunil Usendi (28), Dilip Usendi (28), Prakash Halami (42), Chetan Alam (25), all residents of village Maregaon Toli and Nileshwar, resident of village Mohatola.

The incident of tiger hunting came to light on Oct. 24 last in the forest area of Amirza in Chatgaon range of Gadchiroli Forest Division. This incident had created quite a sensation in the entire district including the forest department. Interestingly enough, the head and three paws of the hunted tiger were missing. Therefore, a serious investigation was started by the forest department.

The forest department has seriously investigated the matter and arrested 6 accused. Hunting materials including paws, nails and teeth of the dead tiger have been seized from the arrested accused. The head has not been traced as yet but the process of seizure is continuing, according to forest officer.

The electric wire was laid by the hunters for the hunting of wild pigs in the forest but the tiger got trapped in it and was electrocuted, it was found during the investigation. At present there does not seem to be any nexus of the accused with the habitual tiger poachers, according to forest department sources.

Further investigations are being conducted by ACF Sanket Wathore under the guidance of DyCF Milish Datta Sharma.

 

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