Foresters seize 9 turtles in two separate cases in city

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 15 Nov 2017 09:25:03


Special Correspondent,

A team of forestmen nabbed a courier delivery man and seized a parcel brought by him containing fish and six turtles from the Railway parcel office on Tuesday. Similarly, in a raid at the home in Bhandewadi, forestmen seized three turtles while the accused is absconding.

On a tip-off, Vijay Gangawane, Range Forest Officer, Seminary hills, and his team reached the parcel office around 7 pm and checked the parcel along with volunteers of People for Animals Organisation. To their surprise, the parcel contained fish and six turtles falling in the category of Schedule IV of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. They contacted the person on his mobile number and called at the parcel office. The team then detained Kapil Kuldeep Turate, a resident of Binaki, Teka Naka, and kept him in forest custody at Seminary Hills.

Gangawane said that Turate had brought the fish and turtles by Korba express and kept the parcel in the office. He used to smuggle turtles from Chennai for selling them in the city and elsewhere at high prices. Forestmen will produce Turate before Judicial Magistrate First Class, Nagpur, on Wednesday, he added.

Foresters registered an offence under sections 2(16), 2 (36), 9, 39, 44, 48-a, 50 and 51 of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. The crime invites punishment to undergo three years’ imprisonment and a fine of Rs 25,000.

In the other case, forestmen raided the home of Krishna Mangal Dudhpachare situated in Bhandewadi on Tuesday, following a clue from the four accused detained in seizure of nine parakeets at Lakadganj area yesterday. They confessed that Krishna used to supply parakeets to them for selling.

Accordingly, the team of forestmen raided the home of Krishna and seized three turtles in the category of Schedule I of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, and eight bags containing nets. Krishna was not at home when forestmen raided at his place and it is said that sensing danger he has gone missing.

Meanwhile, forestmen produced all the four accused in parakeet seizure case before S S Patil, JMFC, Nagpur, on Tuesday, who granted MCR to Shaikh Abeed Nasir Khan, till November 27 and granted bail to other three accused. Shaikh has been sent to Nagpur Central Jail. This crime calls for seven years’ imprisonment.
Gangawane and his staff members are conducting further investigation into both the cases.