Thursday, January 05, 2012

4 held for poaching rare cranes

4 held for poaching rare cranes
Times of India

The forest department has arrested five fishermen for their involvement in the poaching of 11 Demoiselle Cranes in Kodinar taluka in Junagadh. Two more fishermen wanted in the case could not be arrested as they had left the coast and went to the sea for fishing.

Those arrested included Salim Morabhai Bhesaliya, Gafur Suleman Bhesaliya, Aslam Suleman Ishwani, Firoz Hussain Dhoki and Yusuf Suleman Luchani. Sixth accused Adbul Musa Patelia is also absconding. Patelia is from Navdara village in Kalyanpur area of Jamnagar district.

Assistant conservator of forest, Jamwala, Anshuman Sharma has been investigating the case. He said that Patelia will also be arrested late in the night.

The five were arrested and during interrogation told the forest staff that they caught the birds for their own consumption only.

However, an official said that they were not willing to rely on the version of the story given by the accused, and rather believed that they were selling it in the market. "The meat of this crane is very hot and one does not need oil to cook it in," said Sharma.

Giving details of the case, he said that the police team of Kodinar was on patrol duty when they tried to stop two bikers carrying huge bags on the rear seats.

Sensing trouble, the four left the newly-purchased bikes and ran away. When the police officials opened the bundles they were surprised to see bodies of 11 cranes of rare species. The forest department was informed immediately.

Sharma said, "Since the bikes did not have registration number plates, it was difficult to ascertain the identity of the owner. The officials on close examination found a torn of label of the showroom. The showroom was traced and on the basis of the chasis number of the vehicle the owners were traced in Veraval and Jamnagar districts."

The vehicles were owner by Javed Rathod from Veraval and Abdul Musa Patelia in Jamnagar.

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