Three held for killing popular tigress of Bandhavgarh, fourth accused still at large

India: Three people were arrested on Thursday for killing Bandhavgarh’s most popular tigress, Amanalabali, and dumping her body in a well, a forest department official said. The tigress was 14 years old.

A team of forest officials arrested Shivlal Baiga, Babulal Baiga and Kailash Baiga, all residents of Kanchhoha village which falls in the buffer zone of the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve (BTR). The fourth accused-- Kalyan Baiga is absconding.

“They pulled out teeth, whiskers and nails of the tigress after she was killed,” said Vincet Raheem, tiger reserve’s field director.

On September 1, forest officials recovered the carcass of a tigress from a well in Manpur forest range, which falls in the buffer zone of the tiger reserve. The carcass was stuffed in a sack and it was thrown into the well after loading the sack with heavy stones. There were injury marks on the carcass of the tigress. The carcass was identified as T-32, the most popular tigress in the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve.

(Source: The Hindustan Times)