Tiger poaching: 2 RFOs booked for fracturing leg of accused

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Sep 2017 10:05:13


Special Correspondent and Ramtek Correspondent,

Deolarpar police booked two Range Forest Officers late Monday night for causing grievous injuries to an accused in Pench tiger poaching case while in forest custody, causing sensation among wildlife lovers and representatives of NGOs.

The police booked Neelesh Gawande and Pandurang Pakhale, both Range Forest Officers, Pench, under sections 326, 506, 34 of IPC.
The accused, Devidas Tukaram Kumre, a resident of Usaripar, had lodged a complaint with Deolapar Police Station on September 5 that Gawande and Pakhale had beaten him so much so that his leg got fractured, in forest custody at Amaltas cottage in the tourist complex, Sillari, during night time.

The officers wanted that he should disclose names of the other accused in the poaching case but when he refused to do so both officers beat him mercilessly. Kumre also mentioned in his complaint that Gawande and Pakhale had threatened him not to tell to JMFC about brutality otherwise they would implicate his father and wife in some fake case and kill them.

Kumre was admitted to GMCH, Nagpur, where doctors performed his operation on July 3. After getting discharge he was again sent to forest custody and then to Nagpur Central Jail after the court granted MCR. Kumre mentioned that he the court granted him bail on September 4 and hence he lodged the complaint with the police next day.

Uday Singh (Gajju) Yadav, Shanta Kumre, Suresh Kumre, Harish Uikey and other leaders had warned the police that they would take out a morcha of tribals on September 12 to protest against not lodging FIR against both forest officers. Yadav is stated to have met Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, Oppotion Leader in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, who has reportedly called Shailesh Balkawde, SP, and Suresh Mattami, PSO, to Nagpur in this connection.

The FIR was then lodged against the both the officers Monday late night. The police collected medical report of Kumre from the hospital.

Meanwhile, wildlife lovers and representatives of NGOs said that the police lodged FIR against the forest officers, following political pressure. How is that police registered offence out of fear that leaders were to take out a morcha, they asked. This is done only due to political pressure, they claimed. They wondered as to how the police failed to take any action when Geeta Nannaware, Assistant Conservator of Forest, had lodged a complaint with the Collector on July 27 about Shanta Kumre, ZP Member, was interfering in the investigation work right from the first day, disturbing in the government work and threatening the government officers.