State connection to Gir lion poaching?; Gujarat police taking help of their counterparts in State
The Hindu ePaper http://www.hindu.com/2007/08/24/stories/2007082458350500.htm
Method of trapping lions similar to the one adopted by the Hakki Pikki tribe
Each lion’s claw is priced at Rs. 25,000 in the market
The Karnataka angle came to light during the Inspector-General of Police, CID Crime and Railways,
While he was showing the photographs of 50 arrested in three cases of poaching, Inspector-General of Police (
Mr. Kumar’s presentation implied that the method of trapping lions was similar to the way members of the Hakki Pikki tribe trapped wild animals in Karnataka. Mr. Chikkerur told The Hindu that the way nets were tied at the scen e of the Gir poaching resembled the Hakki Pikkis’ method. “This nomadic tribe travels by foot and [its members] monitor animal movement very closely. They are active in Shimoga, Davangere and Chitradurga,” he said. Mr. Chikkerur said the department would help their
During the presentation, Mr. Kumar gave a detailed account of the investigation into three incidents of poaching in Junagadh district of Gujarat, which, he said “was the first investigation into poaching in
He said the accused, who belonged to Bahelia community, were trading “lion’s claws, bones and flesh.” The accused buried the remains, including the pelt, in several pits. Each lion’s claw is priced at Rs. 25,000 in the market. “While the accused look very poor, many … use expensive mobile phones,” Mr. Kumar said.
Later he told The Hindu that his department was in touch with the Karnataka CID to trace the calls made by the accused to persons in Karnataka. “Amar Kumar Pandey (Additional Inspector-General of Police, Karnataka CID Forest C ell) is looking into it,” he said. Similarly they were also in touch with their counterparts in Uttar Pradesh,
“We are coordinating with others to unravel the international mafia in poaching,” he said.