Apr 7, 2015
PILIBHIT: SSB officials have seized 63 bovines from Pilibhit Tiger Reserve from where they were allegedly being smuggled for slaughter to Nepal. SSB officials J P Rana said he had received information about a smuggling network from Nepal to India through an informer, after which he formed three pickets to trace them. As per the information received from the informer, the smugglers were to drive the herds of cows through the forest area of Pilibhit Tiger Reserve. The smugglers allegedly managed to gather 56 cows, four calves and three bulls in the forest area, before the SSB team blockaded them as they were driving the animals towards Neuria town of district Pilibhit for slaughtering, Rana said. The SSB seized the bovines but failed to apprehend the smugglers. Rana said a network of these smugglers include people from border villages, Neuria as well as the people from Nepal and their activity of smuggling was being carried out since several years.
Rana said the recovery was made in forest area near Moti Ghat in Pilibhit district. The rescued bovines have been sent to SPCA (Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) shelter house at Devipura village in Pilibhit. When asked how smugglers managed to enter the tiger reserve without a pass and what was the role of PTR field force in ensuring protection of forest boundaries, the sub divisional officer of PTR DP Singh said that he and the DFO had given strict directions to field staff not to allow anyone to enter into the forest area. He added that he would look into this reported lapse.
As posted in Timesofindia.indiatimes.com