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.