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Jailed poacher gives info on 1-kg tiger bones

Jailed poacher gives info on 1-kg tiger bones

Mar 24, 2015

PILIBHIT: Officials of Pilibhit Tiger Reserve have recovered one kg bones of a tiger cub from a spot in the Mahof forest range after interrogation of a poacher who had surrendered before a local court on March 9. From the size of the recovered bones, wildlife experts said the cub may have been around two-years-old when it was killed. According to the superintendent of police, the poacher, Fariyad, also possesses four hides of tigers costing nearly Rs 64 lakh. Kailash Prakash, PTR divisional forest officer, told reporters that on the request of STF and Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, the forest officials had taken Fariyad, a resident of village Nahrausa under Hajara police station circle, on custody remand on March 21. He is currently lodged in Pilibhit district jail. The DFO said the department had demanded his remand for at least five days to elicit information regarding his gang’s activities, but the court had granted the custody remand only for 10 hours. He said the PTR force could recover one kg bones of a tiger cub from the spot disclosed by Fariyad.

The department could have succeeded in making a much more vital recovery if the court had ordered an extended custody remand of Fariyad, the DFO added. Prakash said an FIR was registered by forest department against Fariyad on January 22 after the PTR force had recovered from his aides a trophy of swamp deer, 5 kg bones and a tooth of a tiger. Faiyad had succeeded in fleeing along with his two accomplices during that search and seizure operation, but due to the intensive search for him carried out by the PTR force, he had surrendered before the court of chief judicial magistrate at Pilibhit after which he was sent to jail. Meanwhile, SP J K Shahi told reporters that Fariyad was in possession of at least four hides of tigers costing around Rs 64 lakh in the illegal market of wildlife trading. As Fariyad is in jail, his comprehensive interrogation could be possible only if the court permitted his long remand, the SP added.



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