India: Seventeen persons including four poachers have been arrested for allegedly killing a leopard in a forest area in Nirmal district of Telangana, and trying to sell the skin of the wild cat, police said today.
"On credible information, 17 persons were nabbed over the past four days with the assistance of the forest officials from whom one leopard skin was seized," Rachakonda Commissioner of Police, Mahesh M Bhagwat told reporters here.
Representational picture Photo credit: PTI Prime accused Kanaka Anil, along with Srinivas, Jyothiram and Jaggaram, all residents of Islampur village of Kadem mandal in Nirmal district, who are habituated to poaching of wild boar and deer in the forest areas of Uddampur and Birsaipet, in March 2016 hatched a plan to kill tigers and to sell their skin, the Commissioner said.
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"For the past three months, the accused were contacting prospective customers at Hyderabad and mediating for selling the leopard skin.
On June 7, a police team nabbed six members of the gang after intercepting their vehicle during vehicle checking at Ghatkesar near here and seized leopard skin from them. Based on their interrogation, 11 more accused including the four poachers were nabbed yesterday," the senior police officer said.
All the accused were booked under relevant sections of IPC and the Wildlife Protection Act. Further probe is on.
(Source: One India)