April 8, 2009 2:07:24 am
In a joint operation on Tuesday,the CID and forest officials of Sunderbans arrested the mastermind behind the killing of a tiger,whose corpse was found last October. The tigers death had led to the transfer of three forest officials last year.
Some tourists had spotted the carcass of the Royal Bengal tiger floating in a river in Sundarbans on October 6 last year. Subsequently,a three-member medical board was constituted to conduct the postmortem at the Alipur Zoo in Kolkata,which confirmed that the male tiger was killed by bullet shots. The case was handed over to the CID on October 8.
The CID investigations revealed that two poachers had killed the tiger. One of them,Paritosh Mondal,was arrested on October 19. The case hit the headlines with the
suspension of Niraj Singhal,Director,Sunderbans Tiger Reserve,SS Bist,Chief Wildlife Warden,and Pradeep Shukla,Director,Sunderbans Biosphere Reserve.
The second poacher,Panchanan Giri alias Pancha Giri (52),was arrested from Satjeria island on Tuesday. CID said Giri,a resident of Saratpara village in Kumerbari island in Sunderbans,was the chief culprit. Mondal had earlier confessed that Giri and he had fired two bullets at the tiger. According to the CID,the duo had been poaching tigers for long because they had tiger claw marks on their body and were arrested for poaching in 2003.
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