Sunday, May 10, 2009

Jesar lion poaching kingpin nabbed from MP

Jesar lion poaching kingpin nabbed from MP
Times of India

Ahmedabad: Elusive kingpin of Jesar lion poaching and subsequent killings, Minter Adivasi, has been nabbed by Madhya Pradesh police and forest officials from Katni during a day-long operation on Saturday. The operation was conducted after a tip-off by Gujarat CID (Crime) on Minter's whereabouts.

According to CID (Crime) officials, Minter was the only remaining person to be arrested in the 2007 poaching case where caracasses of six lions were found inside the Babaria forest range of Gir and nearby areas. During an investigation by CID officials, they got to know that it was a handiwork of an MP gang based in Katni. A total of 17 men and 13 women have already been arrested in the case. Minter is said to have trained his relatives in poaching methods.

VVRabari, additional director general of police, CID (Crime), told TOI that the department had informed the MP police about Minter's secret location. "We had already sent a team to nab him. However, we have also roped in MP police and forest department so that he cannot escape," he said. He added that Minter will be brought to Gujarat after completing the formalities in Katni.
Describing the case, the officials said that the Katni-based gang used to lay traps in the forest to catch lions in 2007.

After a lion was caught in a trap,they used to injure it with a poisonous spear inserted into its mouth and anus. The gang members used to skin the lion and remove its nail in the forest itself and leave the caracass behind. The state forest officials termed the arrest as an important link in poaching cases. "We were in touch with the MP forest dept for last six months and got the information about Minter to be near Panna," said a senior state forest official.

Kishore Kotecha's Comments: I once again thank and appreciate Guj Government, CID Police (especially Shri Keshav Kumar), Public Prosecutors, Forest Dept, NGOs and all those involved in solving the case, with a big round of applaud.

1 comment:

Bhushan Pandya said...

CID Crime Branch of Gujarat, Gujarat Forest department and other organizations like Wildlife Protection Society of India, New Delhi, have been doing remarkable job to bring the culprits in the law of court. The task is so difficult that such an example (of conviction) is rarely seen in the history of wildlife crimes anywhere in the world. Heartiest congratulations to all of them. How ever, all have to be ever vigil as poachers are always looking for opportunity - Bhushan Pandya.

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