Poaching of tiger cub: Three arrested from MP deputy speaker’s farm
BHOPAL: A day after a male tiger cub
was killed by poachers inside the farm owned by deputy speaker of Madhya
Pradesh Assembly Rajendra Singh, state forest officials have arrested three
people including farm’s caretaker Kundan Sahu. Spread over 50 acres Singh’s
farmhouse house is located in buffer zone of Bandhavgarh National Tiger Reserve
in Umaria district.
Two other accused arrested were
identified as members of Baiga tribe - Ram Prasad Baiga and Jamuna Baiga. During
a search of the farm forest officials have recovered two more GI-wire traps.
State's chief wildlife warden Narendra
Kumar said, “The accused have confessed to laying traps for poaching wild boars
and other wild animals.” Carcass of the cub, aged less than one year, was found
inside the farm with its neck trapped in a snare made of GI wire.
Officers suspect the cub died more
than 30 hours before carcass was found. A tigress and another sibling of the
cub that accompanied it were lured to the park by forest guards.
Sahu was taken into custody from his
house in Baansa after a preliminary offence report was registered. A sniffer
dog squad that was called for investigation reached Sahu's house, less than a
kilometer from where the carcass was recovered on Sunday, said sources.
Singh, who initially feigned
ignorance about involvement of his caretaker Kundan Sahu saidthat he would
cooperate with the investigators and has no objections if government wants to
acquire his farm.
He said the land was bought three
decades ago. "We were not using it even for even agricultural activity. I
have only been there for 2 or 3 times in past 20 years," Singh said.
He said it was Sahu who used to
inform forest officials about any tiger movements in the locality.
"Government should conduct a thorough probe into the issue" he said.
Singh had held industry portfolio in Digvijay Singh-led Congress