Chandrapur: The forest personnel of the range of Chimur has busted the poaching of Sambar by conducting raids on the basis of intelligence on Monday. And about 11 accused involved in the buying and selling of bushmeat have been arrested.
The WPSI, with the help of local NGO Tarun Paryawaranwadi Mandal, had informed the forest department about poaching.
Sources have said that based on information from the Wildlife Protection Society of India, a team led by Chimur RFO Uddhav Naitam raided the house of one Shankar Meshram in Navtala village. And the meat of the sambar being cooked was also confiscated. Then during interrogation, Meshram had revealed that the hunters who killed Sambar belonged to Pimpalgaon and had bought the meat from there itself.
Accordingly, raids were conducted at Pimpalgaon from where eight accused were arrested.
RFO confirmed the arrest and raid
Forest personnel has confiscated about three kilograms of raw and up to three kilograms of cooked meat, legs, heads, and skins of sambar and tools used for poaching.
Along with this, it has also been found in the investigation that eight accused of Pimpalgaon had gone to Navtala forest during the night time on Sunday. And with the help of trained dogs, a full grown Sambar was hunted near Madnapur pond. Sambar was brought down after a bunch of trained dogs, The poachers had killed these animals and then brought it to Pimpalgaon where it was slaughtered and then its meat was sold.
A total of 11 accused have been arrested in this connection. These include Eknath Barekar, Suraj Gharat, Arvind Nannavare, Nikhil Jivtode, Avchit Borkar, Raju Ghuguskar, Rupesh Dharne, Abhishek Nannavare from Pimpalgaon and Raju Wadhavi, Shankar Meshram, and Ramu Kumre from Navtala.
RFO Naitam has confirmed the arrest and raid of 11 accused.