|Twelve Tiger poachers convicted
25 May 2010
In a landmark judgment, Additional District Judge Hon. Satyanarayan
Agnihotri convicted 12 tiger poachers under the Wildlife Protection Act
in an Allahabad court today. The poachers, who belong to Katni in
Madhya Pradesh, have been sentenced to 3 years rigorous imprisonment
and have been fined a sum of rupees 10,000. Ten of the twelve convicted
Sixteen people were arrested in Allahabad in
December 2007 when 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 seventy five kilos of Tiger bones.
other four arrested in 2007 include notorious wildlife trader Shabeer
Hasan Qureshi, his two sons and their relative. They are being tried in
a separate case which is still under trial.
Qureshi is also the prime accused in four other wildlife cases
including the January 2000 Khaga case, where 4 tiger skins, 70 leopard
skins and 18,000 leopard claws were seized.
A WPSI lawyer has regularly assisted the prosecution in this case since 2007.