|Another Tiger Poached in Bandhavgarh
31st January, 2004
yet another tiger to death near Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve
on 20 January 2004. The electric trap was set in a nallah
opposite the Dhamokhar Range Office in the Umaria Territorial
Division of Shahdol Forest Circle. Since April 2003
Bandhavgarh is known to have has lost five tigers.
According to preliminary
information received by the Wildlife Protection Society
of India (WPSI), the poachers killed and skinned the
tigress on 20 January and sold the skin to Iqbal Ahmed
of Amlai village. However, the poachers then had a dispute
over the distribution of the money made from the sale.
On 25 January, one dissatisfied gang member reported
the incident to the Forest Department in the Territorial
Division. Allegedly, his report was ignored, despite
the fact that barely three months ago a male tiger known
as B1 was similarly electrocuted this area. The poacher
then volunteered the information to the Field Director,
Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, who sent out a team under
the leadership of the Assistant Conservator of Forests
to nab the poachers.
The poachers were arrested from their village on 26
January and were transferred to the custody of Dhamokhar
Range Office. Next morning, two of the poachers managed
to escape. One of them was later rearrested; the other,
Naresh Yadav of Kharahadand, is still absconding. At
present, the Forest Department has seven people in custody,
including Iqbal Ahmed. However, the main accused in
the poaching case and Iqbal Ahmed’s partner are
still absconding with the skin.
In 2001, WPSI started investigating poaching by electrocution,
and presently has records of more than 257 wild animals
that have been electrocuted. In the year 2003 alone,
28 elephants and six tigers died due to electrocution.
On 6 January 2004 WPSI filed a petition before the Central
Empowered Committee (CEC) of the Supreme Court of India
on the issue of poaching by electrocution throughout