Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Leopard skin traders released on bail

Leopard skin traders released on bail
Times of India

All four accused involved in the trading of leopard skin and caught red-handed by the forest department in Vijaynagar last week were released on bail on Monday by additional sessions court of Idar in Sabarkantha.

Lakshman Patel of Ahmedabad, Prakash Patel, driver with the forest department in Vijayanagar, Shyamji Patel, land broker in Amreli and Deepak Parmar, a clerk in district education office of Nadiad, were sent in judicial custody after after they were caught selling a leopard skin. Their remand period got over on April 6.

Forest officials feel that the release of the accused will help trace the main accused Babu Modiya as Patel and Shymaji are natives of Vijaynagar taluka. "While releasing the accused, the court laid down two conditions — they cannot leave Vijaynagar and they would have to lend co-operation during the investigation," said assistant conservator of forests PJ Parmar.

"The release of the four will pave the way for an easy access to prime accused as they might now contact the prime accused Modiya, who has been on the run and might be hiding in the adjacent forest of Rajasthan," Parmar added.

Forest officials feel that these accuseds' release will help trace the main accused Babu Modiya

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