Feb 20, 2015
LUCKNOW: Tigers in Uttar Pradesh will get the protection from Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB). Arrest of ten poachers, nine from Pilibhit, in January has blown the lid of wildlife crime in UP. The 12 station out-posts (SOPs) of SSB that exist along some 130 kms long boundary of Pilibhit and Dudhwa tiger reserve with the Nepal border will be sensitized against wildlife crime and educated in Indian Wildlife Act to act against smugglers from Nepal. Meeting scheduled at Dudhwa next week will not only have representation from SSB but also the police officers from Lakhimpur and Pilibhit. Officers from Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) and forest divisions of south and north kheri along with Dudhwa and Pilibhit administration will be present. “SSB can intensify vigil along routes that smugglers take,” said regional deputy director, northern region, WCCB, New Delhi, Nishant Verma.
After the arrest of two poachers, residents of Lakhimpur and Pilibhit, by Nepal police and recovery of 37kg tiger bones and a skin from them, WCCB had started a joint operation with Pilibhit reserve officers and UP STF to trace “backward linkages” of poachers arrested in Nepal. STF arrested eight poachers in January, all of them residents of Pilibhit. Out of five declared wanted, three are absconding. Two tiger teeth, 10kg tiger bone and 17kg decayed tiger flesh buried in compartment 72 of Barahi range of Pilibhit was recovered from poachers. “Focus will be on planning a common strategy to tackle wildlife crime,” said deputy director, Dudhwa tiger reserve, VK Singh.
As posted in Indiatimes.timesofindia.com