Feb 7, 2014
LUCKNOW: A prize catch of Lucknow police showed its true colours when ‘tiger hides’ seized by the sleuths last year turned out to be dog skin. After busting the gang the cops maintained that the gang was connected to Maharastra based poachers and the three accused booked under Wildlife Protection Act, Vishal, Rajmal and Rajan were intercepted on way to Nepal where they intended to sell the hides. No further action or investigations were carried out. Mahanagar based forensic science laboratory recently confirmed that the recovered hides were actually dog skins and had been painted to make dog skin look like tiger hides. The police team which worked on the case apparently, cooked up a story to suppress the facts. The lab submitted the report to Chinhat police over a month back which confirmed that dog skins were used to make five hides. Vidyasagar Mishra, circle officer of Gomtinagar said that appropriate action will be taken now and sections pressed against the gang will be revised. Dr Utkarsh Shukla of Lucknow zoo after examining the hides had told cops that they seemed fake as the pattern, colour and size of the hides did not match features of original hide. “I had given my feedback to concerned officials at that time and dismissed their claims,” he said.
As posted in timesofindia.indiatimes.com