3 arrested for severing body pa rts of tiger in Madhya Pradesh's Panna National Park
4 October 2020

India :A tiger was killed in Madhya Pradesh's Panna National Park in August. (Image for representation: PTI)

The Special Task Force (Wildlife) of the Madhya Pradesh forest department on Friday arrested three people from Chhatarpur district in connection with the severing of the head and other body parts of a tiger.

Reportedly, the three confessed to the crime and some remains of the tiger were also recovered from their possession.

The tiger was killed in Panna National Park in August.

In mid-August, the body of the tiger P123 had washed up on the banks of the Ken in Panna National Park.

The park management claimed that the tiger was killed in a territorial fight with another tiger, which was witnessed by a forest guard.

However, the post mortem of the tiger revealed that the head, the nails and the private parts of the tiger were missing.

The forest department handed over the case to the STF Wildlife.

After days of investigation, it was found that Ghanshyam alias Doctor, Achelal and Nathu -- residents of village Palkotha under the Bamitha police station -- had cut off the body parts of the dead tiger.

After being detained, the trio said that they had taken the body parts of the tiger but were worried after the investigation was launched. It was then they decided to throw the body parts in the Ken river.

The forest department claimed that it has managed to recover some of the body parts after the trio informed them of where they had been thrown.

The case has now been transferred to the Panna National Park management.

(Source: The India Today)