Tiger Skin Seized in Chhattisgarh
1st Nov, 2004
A tiger skin was
seized by the Forest Department on 28 October 2004 at
the house of a village deputy headman in the Narayanpur
area of the state of Chhattisgarh. This is the second
tiger skin seizure from Chhattisgarh within a week.
Divisional Forest Officer, Mr. V.S. Lagra, arrested
the deputy headman and a local poacher. Villagers had
alerted the Forest Department after they noticed a tiger
skin being dried on the deputy headman’s roof.
Initial reports received by the Wildlife Protection
Society of India (WPSI) indicate that the 7 year old
tiger had been poisoned. Only three days ago, a tiger
skin was seized in Borgaon, Chhattisgarh, with WPSI
assistance. On 12 February 2004, WPSI assisted in the
seizure of a leopard skin in the Narayanpur area itself.