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Odisha Crime Branch starts probe into tiger’s death

On October 29, the remains of the animal were found, with the Odisha government claiming it belonged to a leopard. However, the government was later forced to retract its statement and admit that a tiger had likely been killed.

By: Express News Service | Published: November 6, 2018 4:28:55 am
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The Odisha Crime Branch Monday began investigation into the death of a tiger, whose decomposed carcass was found in a pit in Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary in Bargarh district.

A team led by DSP Bilasini Nayak arrived at the sanctuary Monday to begin the probe.

Police sources said the killing of the tiger indicates a bigger network of poachers operating in the state. National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has ordered a detailed report on circumstances leading to the death of the tiger.

On October 29, the remains of the animal were found, with the Odisha government claiming it belonged to a leopard. However, the government was later forced to retract its statement and admit that a tiger had likely been killed.

Police have arrested four people who have reportedly admitted to killing the tiger. “They (accused) say they had spread a live electric wire to kill boars, but the next day they saw that tiger was killed accidentally,” a local forest officer said.

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