Trader Sentenced to Rigorous Imprisonment
28th Dec., 2004
trader Lala Qureshi, and poacher Lallan Pardi were sentenced
to three years Rigorous Imprisonment and fined Rs. 10,000
each by the Judicial Magistrate of Katni, Madhya Pradesh.
The two were the prime accused in the Wildlife Protection
Society of India (WPSI) assisted seizure of 7 leopard
skins from Shahdol, Madhya Pradesh, on 23 June 2004.
The other three accused were acquitted due to lack of
concrete evidence against them.
Qureshi, a resident of Shahdol, is believed to be an
important supplier of Shabbir Hasan, the main accused
in the horrific Khaga case of January 2000 where 70
leopard skins, 18,000 leopard claws, 4 tiger skins and
221 otter skins were seized.
WPSI investigators and lawyers have been working closely
with the Forest Department and prosecution officers
to secure this conviction. After the seizure in June
2004, WPSI coordinated raids with enforcement personnel
in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh to try and get the
big traders arrested. Information gathered from this
case has thrown up links with wildlife crimes in several