| Tiger & Leopard
3rd June, 2003
assisted by WPSI, seized two tiger skeletons, a leopard
skeleton and a leopard skin in a series of raids carried
out in Maharashtra in central India on 30 May 2003.
The meticulously planned operation
involved three separate raids in the remote villages
of Alapalli and Sironcha divisions of Gadchiroli District.
The enforcement team was lead by Assistant Conservator
of Forest, Central Chanda Forest Division, Mr. V. M.
Deshmukh, with assistance from Mr. Kamble, RFO Kothari,
along with forest guards and foresters.
Three men were arrested during the
raids and a search is underway to arrest others that
are alleged to be involved in the crime. Six kg of tiger
bone was seized in a village in Alapalli Division, and
one leopard skin, six kg of leopard bones and 8 kg of
tiger bone in two villages in Sironcha Division.