Nagpur: In its sustained action against the absolutely illegal fishing in Pench Tiger Reserve (PTR), Maharashtra, Special Tiger Protection Force (STPF) has arrested a person from Chhindwara, Who had entered the Totladoh reservoir inside the Pench Tiger Reserve with a gang of about eight people.
Pench’s Deputy Director Prabhu Nath Shukla has said that the Special Tiger Protection Force personnel have seen eight boats on the date of April 9 towards the eastern Pench of Totladoh reservoir. These jawans chased the fishermen and then completely succeeded in capturing one of them and then the two boats were also confiscated. The accused has been identified as a Ramdas Sarate, a resident of the Dudhgaon, Chhindwara (MP).
Ramdas Sarate has been produced before Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC), Ramtek, and has been sent to Forest Custody (FCR) for about two days. Pench’s Deputy Director Prabhu Nath Shukla has said that he has also seized 40 nets and eight boats, besides a hold of around Rs 3 lakh. These boats were hidden under the water, which is a common practice for the all fishermen to cover up the crime.
8 nets and 4 cycles have been recovered from the accused
Even before this, on the date of March 29, a person from the New Totladoh village of Devlapar was caught by the Special Tiger Protection Force. During the early morning raids, eight nets and four cycles have been recovered from the accused.
The dam of Totladoh is also called Meghdoot reservoir. The Maharashtra side of Totladoh’s dam falls in the core area of the Pench Tiger Reserve and fishing has also been banned according to the Wildlife Protection Act (WPA), 1972.