|India’s biggest tiger trader arrested
5 December 2007
one of the biggest wildlife cases this decade, the Special Task Force
of the Uttar Pradesh Police with the assistance of the Wildlife
Protection Society of India (WPSI) seized three tiger skins and three
tiger skeletons in
Executive Director of WPSI, Belinda Wright, with the STF Police team
led by DSP Mr Aravind Chaturvedi (in the orange sweater) and two of
the accused Jarsi and Mhd Ayyub (far left)
Allahabad on Tuesday, 4th December 2007.
Sixteen people were arrested, including wildlife trader Shabeer Hasan
Qureshi who is an accused in at least four major wildlife cases.
Hasan Qureshi, the biggest tiger trader in India, is now behind bars
STF of UP Police with three of the accused and the three tiger skins
tiger skeletons, seized in Allahabad
particular, Qureshi is the prime accused in the January 2000 case in
Khaga, UP, when four tiger skins, 70 leopard skins and a huge haul of
other wildlife products were seized. Three other traders were arrested
along with two tiger poachers and ten women couriers who belong to the
The case is a landmark for wildlife enforcement as it includes the
arrest of the three key elements of the killing of wild tigers: buyers,
poachers and couriers.
“This is a major breakthrough in the fight against wildlife crime
in India”, said Belinda Wright, Executive Director of WPSI.
“Qureshi is the biggest buyer of tiger products in India today.
We are delighted with this case and have nothing but praise for the way
in which it was handled by the Special Task Force of the Uttar Pradesh
Police. They succeeded by using intelligence-led enforcement which is
the only way to effectively tackle this growing menace”, she
added. The operation was led by Superintendent of Police, STF, Mr
Amitabh Yash, and STF’s Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mr
magnificent tigers reduced to skin and bones. Allahabad, 4 December
2007. © WPSI
Preliminary investigations indicate that one of the tigers was killed
in Kanha Tiger Reserve in the state of Madhya Pradesh, and another in
Tadoba Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra. It is not known where the third
tiger came from.