3 poachers nabbed, Pangolin rescued

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Nov 2017 10:43:23


Staff Reporter,

A special team of Kanha Tiger Reserve trapped three poachers and rescued a Pangolin (Schedule I species). The team also recovered a motorcycle, four mobile handsets and other materials. Forest officers contacted the poachers in guise of priest for performing superstitious rituals and trapped them.

The accused have been identified as Ramesh Choure (43), son of Premlal Choure, Ramkaran Jamre (49), son of Beniram Jamre and Bhumendra Nagrekar (42), son of Namdevji Nagrekar, residents of Kirnapur in Balaghat district. Director of Kanha Tiger Reserve Sanjay Shukla informed that in order to trap poachers and checking anti-wildlife and anti-forest activities in the forest area, a special team comprising forest officers and employees has been constituted. Acting on a tip-off, team members started investigation and SDO Sudhir Mishra, posing as a priest, contacted the suspected poachers and expressed need of a Pangolin and other materials to perform some superstitious rituals. The poachers agreed to sell them a Pangolin and the deal was scheduled near Bhawani Path Temple in Baihar beat number 1097, Gorakhpur Circle under Khapa buffer zone.

Active members of special squad succeeded in apprehending the poachers and rescued a Pangolin (Indian Pangolin) and seized two motorcycles (MP-50B-9523) (CG-07AM-4476), four mobile handsets and other materials from the accused. Forest Department has registered a case against the accused under Sections 39(3)(a)/51, 9/51, 52/51 of Wildlife (Protection) Act – 1972. Poachers were apprehended with active efforts of special team led by Park Superintendent, Kanha, Sudhir Mishra comprising Circle Officer, Khapa Kanha, Devesh Kharadi, Shiv Kakodia, Circle Officer, Sarhi Kanha, Jaiprakash Maravi, Forest Guard, Devi Thakre, Ramesh Ojha, Khushilal, Bhupendra Thakre, Santosh Yadav, Sadan Patle, Chhotu, Khushilal and Vijay.