Three detained in connection with recovery of eight peacock carcasses
Indian Express By Sibte Husain Bukhari
Junagadh, September 27 Three persons have been detained for interrogation by the Forest Department following the recovery of carcasses of eight peacocks from the agriculture fields located on the outskirts of Bhojde village on the periphery of Gir Forest. They have been identified as Narshi Gopal, Dinesh Naran and Chino Koli, who worked as labourers on the agriculture land owned by Kala Ahir, Uka Ahir, and Menasi Ahir.
Talala range forest officer B K Parmar said: "Two of the six carcasses had been partly eaten by wild animals. Though the veterinary doctor from Sasan (Gir) Forest headquarters carried out a postmortem, the exact cause of death has not been ascertained. The viscera of the birds have been dispatched to the Junagadh Forensic Science Laboratory for a detailed clinical examination."
He said since the three have denied any role in the death of the birds, they are awaiting the FSL report.
"We will take appropriate action once we get the report. The peacock is a Schedule-I bird; the killing of which is punishable with imprisonment up to 3 to 7 years. Beside, the peacock is a our national bird and has to be protected," said Parmar.