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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Probe on to trap kingpin

TNN | Jul 10, 2012, 04.53AM IST MYSORE: Forest department officials have recovered five knives bought to de-skin the big cats and Rs 5,000 from the six-member gang arrested in Chamarajanagar recently. They have also seized a booklet containing telephone numbers which might lead the authorities to the kingpin who had sent the poachers here. Jagadish, an accused, is well aware of the tiger pelt trade outside the country, a Wildlife Crime Control Bureau ( WLCCB) officer said. BRT reserve director Vijaymohan Raj told TOI that the gang had help to gain entry into the forest . Preliminary investigation has revealed that the gang had been told to reach the reserved forest through Kollegal. The officials conducted a thorough search in the forest areas to check whether any traps have been laid to catch the tigers. The officer claimed that they have searched the sensitive places in the tiger reserve. The accused have been booked under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972.

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