Monday, 22 December 2014

Repeat offender in wildlife crimes arrested at Pilibhit Tiger Reserve

A repeat offender in tiger related wildlife crimes belongs to Uttarakhand was arrested by forest officials at Pilibhit tiger reserve on 20 December 2014.

Tiger skin seized in Telangana

Forest officials arrest four persons with a tiger skin in Adilabad district of Telangana on 20 December 2014.
http://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/2014-12-21/Four-arrested-for-trading-in-tiger-skins-122200

12 tonnes of red sanders seized in Karnataka

Maoists attack forest offices in Kerala

Suspected maoists (left wing extremists) attacked the forest offices at Silent Valley National Park in Palakkad and Vellamunda in Wayanad district of Kerala on 22 December 2014 morning. The Maoists set on fire a jeep parked in front of the Silent Valley Range office and destroyed four computers, files among other things.
http://www.mathrubhumi.com/english/news/latest-news/maoists-attack-reported-in-silent-valley-wayanad-156116.html

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Government orders DFO’s retirement a year in advance

Himachal Pradesh government ordered the Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) concerned to retire with immediate effect as he reportedly had failed in taking timely cognisance of large-scale illicit tree felling in the Khokra forest area of Nalagarh Forest Division.
http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/himachal/government-orders-dfo-s-retirement-a-year-in-advance/19313.html

250 kgs of peacock feathers seized in Manipur

Assam Rifles seized 250 kg of peacock feathers at Chandel district, near Myanmar border on 15 December 2014.
http://e-pao.net/GP.asp?src=Snipp12..181214.dec14

Three years imprisonment for poaching sarus crane

CJM court in Bharatpur, Rajasthan had found guilty in one person for killing a male sarus crane at Keoladeo National Park in January 2002 and sentenced him to three years imprisonment.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Dy. Ranger caught for accepting bribe

Madhya Pradesh Lokayukt caught red-handedly a Deputy Range forest officer for accepting Rupees 5,000 as bribe.
http://naidunia.jagran.com/madhya-pradesh/dewas-dewas-district-deputy-ranger-bribe-arrested-254827

One more rhino killed in Kaziranga

Poachers killed another rhino within a span of two days at Kaziranga National Park on 11 December 2014 and took away its horn.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/Kaziranga-rhino-killed/articleshow/45480758.cms

16,34,320 ha forest areas are encroached in India

In a reply to a question in Rajya Sabha yesterday, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change said that as per the reports received from States/UTs the details of the forest area under encroachment are 16,34,320.08 hectares.
Details are here: http://164.100.47.234/question/annex/233/Au2051.doc

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Two rhinos and a tiger killed in Assam

Two rhinos were killed and horn took away by poachers in Assam, one each in Orang and Kaziranga. A tiger suspected to be poisoned was also found dead in Orang on 7 December 2014.
http://www.assamtribune.com/scripts/detailsnew.asp?id=dec1114/state055

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Tiger poisoned? Body found in Sharda canal, Uttar Pradesh

A young and healthy wild tiger was reportedly poisoned to death and its body was spotted floating in the Sharda canal in Lakhimpur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh on 9 December 2014. Similar kind of tiger deaths were reported earlier also from this area.
http://www.indileak.com/tiger-poisoned-body-found-in-sharda-canal/

Monday, 8 December 2014

Appeal filed by accused in wildlife case dismissed

On 22 November 2014, Special Judge CBI-03, Delhi had dismissed an appeal filed by a convict who was sentenced to three years imprisonment by trial court in August 2014. The convict was held by police with a leopard skin on June 2004 at under Roop Nagar police station area.

When dismissing the appeal the court notes that:

The   appellant   has   been   convicted under   Section   51(5)   of   Wild   Life(   Protection)   Act, which provides   that   a   person   found   to   be   guilty   of   offence   for contravention of any provision of the  Act(except Chapter VA and Section 38J) or any rule or order made thereunder, is liable to   be   punished   with   imprisonment   for   a   term   which   may extend to 3 years or with fine which may extend to twenty five thousand  rupees­  or  with  both,  and it  further  provides  that where the   offence committed is in relation   to any animal specified in Schedule I or Part II of Schedule II or meat of any any such animal or animal article, trophy or uncured trophy derived   from   such   animal   etc.   shall   be   punishable   with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than three years but may extend to seven years and also with fine, which shall not be less than ten thousand rupees.

Leopard or Panther(Panthera pardus skin) find mention in entry no. 16B of Schedule I of the Wild Life( Protection) Act, 1972, and once the contravention of   Section 49 of the Wild Life( Protection) Act, 1972, is proved, the appellant is liable to be punished with minimum sentence of three years and a minimum fine of Rs.10,000/­.  Vide impugned Order on Sentence dated 22.08.2014, the appellant has been sentenced to SI for 3 years and a fine of Rs.10,000/­, which is the minimum sentence attracted to the contravention of Section 49 of Wild Life( Protection) Act, 1972. Since the sentence of minimum imprisonment has been provided under the provision for which the appellant has been convicted, the appellant is not entitled to be given the benefit of Probation of Offenders Act or to be enlarged   on   probation.   The   result   being   the   impugned Judgment/Order on Sentence dated 21.08.2014/22.08.2014, are upheld.  Appeal filed is dismissed.  

Tiger poisoned in Tamil Nadu

Forest officials have arrested three tribals in Sathayamangalam tiger reserve, Tamil Nadu on 4 December 2014 for poisoning the tiger to death. After poisoning the tiger to death, the villagers had removed its bones, skin and nails leaving behind the carcass.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/coimbatore/Tiger-poisoned-to-death-by-farmers-three-held/articleshow/45391914.cms

Leopard skin seized in Dehradun

Police officials arrested three persons and seized a leopard skin in Dehradun, Uttarakhand on 7 December 2014.
http://www.dehradun.amarujala.com/news/crime-bureau-dun/police-arrested-three-people-with-leopard-skin-hindi-news/

More than 800 Indian soft-shelled turtles rescued

Andhra Pradesh Forest Department officials on 7 December 2014 seized more than 800 Indian soft-shelled turtles in Krishna district.
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/turtle-smuggling-racket-busted/article6670244.ece

4 Slender Loris rescued in Maharashtra

4 slender loris had been bundled into a sack were rescued by police officials in Thane, Maharashtra on 4 December 2014.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/thane/Four-rare-monkeys-bundled-into-sacks-rescued-in-Thane/articleshow/45400269.cms

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Friday, 28 November 2014

Tiger killed in train accident

A tigress was killed after it was hit by a speeding train at Ramnagar in Nainital district in the wee hours today. The body of an adult tigress with its head badly crushed was recovered from the tracks near Hempur army depot at Ramnagar in Nainital district.
http://www.mid-day.com/articles/tigress-killed-after-being-hit-by-train/15800151

Tiger skin trader Dalbir acquitted

Notorious tiger skin trader and poacher from Haryana Dalbir was acquitted in trafficking of tiger skins by Kamptee judicial magistrate first class (JMFC), Maharashtra.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/Setback-for-forest-dept-tiger-skin-trader-Dalbir-acquitted/articleshow/45301713.cms

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Accused acquitted in leopard skin seizure case

Trial court in Delhi had acquitted two persons from Himachal Pradesh whom were caught with a leopard skin by police in July 2010. A complaint on this regard was filed by the wildlife department of Delhi in court. Some of the court observations when acquitting the accused are:

The investigation of the case is not upto the mark. It is pertinent to mention here that  complainant was one of the experienced Wildlife Inspector and had appeared before the court in number of cases and as such better investigation/act is aspected on his part. The complaint appears to have been filed in a mechanical manner and without perusing the records. Had he visited the spot on the date of incident, he must have mentioned the correct facts in his complaint and  he ought to have   done   further   investigation or to   record   the   disclosure   statements   of accused himself as the disclosure statement recorded by a Wild Life Officer is admissible in evidence. Had done so, the fate of the case would have been different. 

It creates doubt over the prosecution story as well as two views and chances of false implication of the accused can not be ruled out. 


Electrocution take heavy toll on elephants in Odisha

The rising number of electrocution of elephants by accidental or deliberate is a big concern in Odisha.
http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/odisha/2014/11/27/Live-Wires-Take-heavy-Toll-on-Elephants/article2543336.ece

Leopard electrocuted in Madhya Pradesh

A leopard was allegedly electrocuted by unidentified poachers near Kudra forest area, 25 kms away from Umaria.
http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/leopard-electrocuted-by-poachers-in-mp-114112601008_1.html

8.5 tonnes of red sanders seized in Maharashtra

The Thane forest division's special squad has seized 8.5 tonnes of red sanders from APMC market, Vashi, on 26 November 2014.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/thane/5cr-worth-red-sanders-seized-from-APMC/articleshow/45288157.cms

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Monday, 24 November 2014

Bushmeat trading racket busted

Forest officials of Chimur range, Maharashtra busted a major wildlife meat trading racket and nabbed four poachers and seized six kg blue bull meat and two manually loading guns and other equipment used for poaching on 21 November 2014 in Doma forest beat on the outskirts of Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR).
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/Wildlife-meat-trading-racket-busted/articleshow/45235533.cms

Kaziranga fightback yields results

Effective anti-poaching strategies by Kaziranga National Park have resulted in the killing of 21 poachers till date this year — the highest in the past five years at least.
http://www.telegraphindia.com/1141124/jsp/northeast/story_19079432.jsp#.VHLRGDSUeIA

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Wildlife criminals convicted in Himachal Pradesh

A court in Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh has convicted two persons for offences having committed under Wildlife Protection Act. Court observed that crimes of such nature as in the present one, offence go untreated as they are committed in accusative manner. Therefore, when the offence is committed the convicts are per-se detrimental to the ecological environment and security of the country. If the same goes unpunished or inadequately punished, it may effect the ecological and environmental security of the country.

Both the accused were sentenced to simple imprisonment for a term of two years under Section 51 of the Wile Life Act read with Section 34 of IPC and to pay fine of  Rs. 2,000/-(Two thousand only) each. In addition to that one of the accused further sentenced to simple imprisonment for a term of three years under Section 25 of the Arms Act and to pay fine of  Rs. 2,000/- (Two thousand only). The sentences of imprisonment shall run concurrently.

Monday, 17 November 2014

4 years imprisonment for leopard skin smuggler

Chief Judicial Magistrate court in Almora, Uttarakhand has convicted a person who was arrested by police with a leopard skin on November 2009, accused was sentenced to four years rigorous imprisonment and Rs. 10,000 fine.

ACF charged with land-grab in tiger reserve

Karnataka forest department inquiry confirms encroachment of tiger reserve land by their own man, an assistant conservator of forests (ACF). Report confirms that the ACF has encroached upon a crucial patch - buffer zone of the Nagarhole Tiger Reserve, which is part of a critical habitat to Asian elephants and tigers. The ACF and his family, the report states, have encroached upon land measuring 18.20 acres of Devamachi Reserve Forest.
http://www.bangaloremirror.com/bangalore/others/ACF-charged-with-land-grab-in-tiger-reserve/articleshow/45170483.cms

Leopard poached in Tamil Nadu

The carcass of a four-year-old leopardess was found hanging from a tree with steel cables stuck to its back, in Anikorai village in Nilgiris north forest division on 15 November 2014.
http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil_nadu/Leopardess-Trapped-in-Snare-Dies-Causes-Serious-Concern/2014/11/17/article2527424.ece

Poachers killed a rhino in Pobitora, Assam

An adult male rhino was gunned down and its horn taken away by poachers in Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, Assam on 15 November 2014.
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/poachers-gun-down-adult-rhino-take-away-horn-in-assam/

Three leopards killed in road and rail accidents

Three leopards were killed in road and rail accidents on last weekend. One leopard each killed in road accidents on NH-8, Haryana and Wadsa forest division, Maharashtra; rail accident was reported from Mahasmund district of Chhattisgarh.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/gurgaon/Leopard-killed-in-accident-on-NH-8/articleshow/45163248.cms
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/Leopard-hurt-in-mishap-dies/articleshow/45154215.cms

Friday, 14 November 2014

Tiger brings down crime rate drastically

A stray tiger that has wandered out of the Dudhwa Tiger reserve and has made the forest area in Malihabad, on the outskirts of Lucknow, its new home, has drastically brought down the crime rate in four police stations, namely, Kakori, Maal, Malihabad and Bakshi Ka Talab, in the post one month. A senior police official disclosed that in the past one month since the tiger was first seen in Maal area and then in Kakori, there has been a 90 per cent reduction in criminal activities in the area.
http://www.asianage.com/india/tiger-brings-down-crime-rate-drastically-625

10.7 Kg pangolin scales seized in Manipur

Assam Rifles seized 10.7 Kg of pangolin scales and apprehended a person who is a resident of near Myanmar border in Manipur.
http://e-pao.net/GP.asp?src=Snipp26..141114.nov14

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Ex-DFO sentenced to 32 months imprisonment in graft case

The Special Vigilance Court, Bhubaneswar on 10 November 2014 sentenced a retired Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) to two years and eight months of rigorous imprisonment (RI) after convicting him on the charges of accumulating properties disproportionate to his known sources of income.
http://www.dailypioneer.com/state-editions/bhubaneswar/ex-dfo-gets--32-months-ri-in-graft-case.html

5 years imprisonment for 3 poachers in Haryana

Special Environment Court in Kurukshetra, Haryana was convicted three persons and sentenced them to 5 years imprisonment and Rs. 20,000 fine each for hunting wild animals in Kalesar National Park on January 2008.

Two poachers shot dead in Kaziranga

Two poachers were killed in an encounter with forest guards in Kaziranga National Park on 10 November 2014.
http://www.indiatvnews.com/news/india/two-poachers-killed-in-kaziranga-44101.html

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

The other side of red sanders smuggling

Rise in smuggling activities puts question mark on police-forest staff coordination. What irritates the forest personnel is that whenever a seizure of red sanders logs is made, the credit invariably goes to the police.
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/the-other-side-of-red-sanders-smuggling/article6561283.ece

Rhinoceros killed in Manas, Assam

Park officials found the decomposed carcass of a male rhino with bullet injuries and horn missing in Manas National Park on 31 October 2014.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/Manas-rhino-killed/articleshow/45007713.cms

Red sanders seized at Chennai Central Rly. station

The Railway Protection Force (RPF) foiled an attempt to smuggle red sanders from Chennai Central to Kolkata, on 31 October 2014. A total of 145 kg of red sanders wood was seized.
http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/smugglers-ferry-red-sanders-in-train-145-kg-seized/article6555809.ece

Ivory seized in Tamil Nadu

Forest officials seized elephant ivory in Erode district of Tamil Nadu on 4 November 2014.
http://www.dinakaran.com/Latest_Detail.asp?Nid=116518

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

10 Kg pangolin scales seized in Uttarakhand

Special Task Force of Uttarakhand police arrested a person in Dehradun who is a resident of near to Rajaji National Park with 10 Kg pangolin scales on 3 November 2014.
http://archive.dailypioneer.com/state-editions/dehradun/stf-nabs-man-with-10kg-pangolin-scales.html
It is not right that putting the value of seized goods before the general public. An advisory on this regard had already issued by WCCB in 2012.
http://wccb.gov.in/WriteReadData/userfiles/file/New%20Advisories/6.pdf

Monday, 3 November 2014

2 wildlife criminals convicted to three years imprisonment

The court of Judicial Magistrate/Civil Judge Jr. Division in Barkot, Uttar Kashi, Uttarakhand had awarded three years imprisonment and Rs. 10,000 fine each to two wildlife criminals whom were caught with two leopard skins in Upper Yamuna forest division on July 2013.

Friday, 31 October 2014

Tiger claws seized near Bandhavgarh

Madhya Pradesh forest officials arrested three persons with 8 tiger claws in Manpur Range of Umaria on 29 October 2014.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Tokay Gecko seized in Manipur

On 26 October, 2014 Assam Rifles seized a Tokay gecko and other wildlife goods at Chandel district of Manipur.
http://kanglaonline.com/2014/10/five-held-with-banned-wildlife-products/

5 years imprisonment for wildlife criminals

Two persons were convicted by Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate-Dehradun on 27 October 2014 for illegal possession of a leopard skin, live pythons, cobra and other wildlife goods in April 2007. Accused were sentenced to five years imprisonment and Rs. 15,000 fine each.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Murder case against 10 forest officials

After a suspected poacher from Tamil Nadu, was found dead in a river, Karnataka police booked four cases in connection with the incident, including a murder case against ten unnamed forest officials on last week.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bangalore/Murder-case-against-10-forest-officials/articleshow/44935402.cms

FIR against foresters whom are fighting wildlife crime and illegal wildlife trade (the third most valuable illicit commerce behind drugs and arms) on daily basis will create a bad precedent, the state governments should follow the Assam model:


Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Leopard skin seized in Delhi

A person from West Champaran district of Bihar was arrested by Delhi police with a leopard skin on 20 October 2014. A case under Wildlife Protection Act was registered under FIR No. 693 at Sunlight Colony police station.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Illegal wildlife traders convicted in Uttarakhand

The court of Judicial Magistrate/Civil Judge Jr. Division in Purola had convicted three persons on 18 October 2014 for illegal trading a leopard skin and two gall bladders of bear in March 2011. All three accused were sentenced to three years imprisonment and Rs. 10,000 fine each.

Ivory seized in Karnataka

6.5 kg of elephant ivory was seized in Bangalore district by police on 18 October 2014.
http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/bangalore/Ivory-Seized-Three-Arrested/2014/10/20/article2486047.ece

Rhinoceros killed in West Bengal

A rhino was poached and its horn was took away poachers in Gorumara National Park of West Bengal on 17 October 2014. Recent incidents in North Bengal shows that rhino poachers were started to target the animals outside Assam.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/City/Kolkata/Rhino-poached-in-Gorumara/articleshow/44862486.cms

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Friday, 17 October 2014

Gaur killed in Kerala

Kerala forest officials arrested three persons with around 100 kg raw meat of Gaur (Indian Bison) at North Wayanad forest division on 16 October 2014.

25 kg peacock feathers seized at Cochin Airport

Customs officials were detained two persons with 25 kg peacock feathers at Cochin International Airport, Kerala on 16 October 2014, this is the second attempt to smuggle peacock feathers in the last one month.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kochi/Duo-held-with-25kg-of-peacock-feathers/articleshow/44843030.cms

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Arms licences issued around Protected Areas

In a Public Interest Litigation, Allahabad High Court issued a direction last month to Uttar Pradesh state government that "We also issue a general direction to the effect that hereafter, no licence under the Arms Act, 1959 shall be granted in the State of U.P. without the NOC of the Chief Wild Life Warden in those areas which fall within the purview of Section 34 of the Act of 1972. The State Government shall take
necessary steps to issue directions to all the District Magistrates concerned to take steps with reference to those arms licences which have been granted without complying with the provisions of Section 34 (3) in respect of those areas which fall within a radius of ten kilometers of a sanctuary".

Poachers shot a forest guard in Pench Tiger Reserve

A Special Tiger Protection Force (STPF) forest guard with Pench Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra was shot at by suspected poachers on 14 October 2014.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/Forest-guard-shot-at-in-Pench/articleshow/44818252.cms

Monday, 13 October 2014

Friday, 10 October 2014

Bareilly turns into illegal turtle smuggling centre

Bareilly is fast becoming a transit point for animal smuggling, especially that of endangered species of turtles/ tortoises.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bareilly/Bareilly-turning-into-animal-smuggling-hub/articleshow/44760382.cms

Illegal trade of snake skins in Assam

Snakes mostly Pythons and Cobras were caught illegally and later extracting skins for illegal wildlife trade in Assam.
http://www.assamtribune.com/scripts/detailsnew.asp?id=oct1014/state053

Pesticide latest threat to big cats in Tamil Nadu

The big cats in western Tamil Nadu are facing a new threat, not from ruthless poachers but from poisonous pesticides. Poisoning of tigers and leopards with pesticide by vengeful villagers is threatening the survival of big cats in Western Tamil Nadu.
http://www.deccanchronicle.com/141010/nation-current-affairs/article/pesticide-latest-threat-big-cats

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Tiger poaching case under trial for last 36 years !

A tiger poaching case registered in Gorakhpur district of Uttar Pradesh in 1978 is still under trial in Chief Judicial Magistrate court of Gorakhpur. For details visit following link:
http://www.jagran.com/uttar-pradesh/lucknow-city-36-year-of-pending-tiger-killing-case-11685114.html

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Accused in leopard skin seizure case acquitted

In a case registered on August 2008 by Delhi police and later prosecuted by Delhi Wildlife Department on seizure of one leopard skin, accused was acquitted by trial court and observed that:

The number of contradictions in the testimony of PWs regarding incidental aspects, the non­joining of the   public/independent witness makes the prosecution story doubtful and it does not inspire any confidence.

Prosecution has neither produced nor proved on record any DD entry showing departure of the aforesaid police personals from PS which creates doubt over their presence at the spot.

No identification memo of the case property was prepared or Placed on record.

PW2 was examined in pre­charge evidence and his further examination in chief was deferred for wants of case property but the case property remained un­identified by him as he was not examined   further   by   the   prosecution.   In   post   charge   evidence   also, case properties were not identified as PW2 opted to adopt his previous statement recorded in pre­charge evidence which was not complete, as his post charge
evidence.

No   identification   mark   was   put   on   the   case   properties   at   the   spot   before sealing the same. Therefore, chances of tampering of case property can not be ruled out and it can not be said that the case property produced before the court are the same case property which was allegedly recovered from the
possession of the accused.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Leopard skin seized in Odisha

Odisha forest officials arrested a person with skins of leopard and deer in Mayurbhanj district on 29 September 2014.

Pangolin scales seized in Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh forest officials arrested 5 people with 2 kg of pangolin scales in Balaghat district last week. 

Monday, 29 September 2014

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Repeat offender in wildlife crime arrested

A member of an organized poaching group from Haryana and his associate were arrested by police with a leopard skin in Haridwar district of Uttarakhand on 23 September 2014. One of the accused is a repeat offender and was earlier arrested with leg-hold steel traps in Tarai East division April last year.
http://www.dainikuttarakhand.com/crime/two-traffickers-arrested-with-leopard-skin

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Shahtoosh shawl trader convicted

A local court in Delhi was convicted a trader from Srinagar for illegally keeping 24 shahtoosh shawls with him on March 2000. During the raid enforcement officials from Delhi Wildlife Department had seized 49 shawls in which 24 shawls turns out to be made of under fleece of Tibetan antelope during forensic analysis. Court found that accused is held guilty and is convicted for the offence u/s 44/49 and 49B(1) of Wildlife Protection Act.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Two rhino poachers shot dead in Assam

Two rhino poachers have been killed during an anti-poaching operation by forest guards in Assam's Kaziranga National Park on 4 June 2014.
http://ibnlive.in.com/news/two-rhino-poachers-killed-in-assam/476859-3-251.html

Wildlife traffickers attacked forest officers in Kerala

Two forest officials were injured and the vehicle used by them were damaged in the attack of wildlife traffickers when officials were trying to arrest illegal wildlife traders with a leopard skin in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala on 4 June 2014.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Three years imprisonment for leopard skin traders

Chief Judicial Magistrate of Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand had found guilty on two persons whom were arrested by police with a leopard skin on January 2011 and sentenced them to three years rigorous imprisonment and Rs. 20,000 fine each.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Another Veerappan rises in Karnataka

Forest officials from the M.M. Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnataka have launched a manhunt, which is being described as the biggest since the death of forest brigand Veerappan in 2004. For the last one week, nearly 50 forest officials, including men from the Special Tiger Protection Force (STPF), are hunting for a poacher, Sharavana, who has been on the prowl in the forests of M.M. Hills and neighbouring Tamil Nadu.
http://www.deccanchronicle.com/140603/nation-current-affairs/article/another-veerappan-rises-karnataka

Poachers killed a sloth bear in Chhattisgarh

Forest officials arrested two persons for killing a sloth bear and removing body parts in Rajnandgaon forest division on 1 June 2014.

Leopard skin seized in Himachal Pradesh

Forest officials arrested two persons with a leopard skin in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh on 1 June 2014.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/Two-villagers-arrested-for-possessing-leopard-skin/articleshow/35966820.cms

Tiger killers arrested in Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh forest officials on 2 June 2014 arrested three poachers and recovered the radio collar that was ripped off a tigress after electrocuting it to death outside Bandhavgarh National Park (BNP) in Umaria district on May 26.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Home/Environment/Flora-Fauna/Three-arrested-in-Bandhavgarh-tigress-poaching-case-radio-collar-recovered/articleshow/35962275.cms

Monday, 2 June 2014

Nine otter skins seized in Himachal Pradesh

A joint team of Himachal Pradesh police and Wildlife Crime Control Bureau had seized 9 otter skins and arrested a member of an organized poaching group in Solan district on 31 May 2014.
http://www.shimla.amarujala.com/news/shimla-local/crime-bureau-sml/poacher-arrested-with-beaver-skins/

Friday, 30 May 2014

Tiger killed in road accident

One tiger was killed in road accident at Balaghat-Baihar road, Laugur forest range, Madhya Pradesh on 29 May 2014.
http://www.bhaskar.com/article/MP-JBL-the-death-of-tiger-cub-4630170-NOR.html

Tiger poisoned in Tamil Nadu

One week before an eight year old tigress was poisoned to death in Eastern slope range of Nilgiris North division.
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/another-tiger-poisoned-to-death-in-tamil-nadu/article6060463.ece

Red sanders smugglers shot dead in Andhra Pradesh

A special combing team of Andhra Pradesh police and forest department shot dead three red sanders smugglers in Chittoor district on 29 May 2014.
http://www.deccanchronicle.com/140530/nation-crime/article/three-red-sander-smugglers-tamil-nadu-shot-dead

Star tortoises seized in Chennai

Enforcement officials rescued 50 star tortoises at Chennai central railway station on 29 May 2014.
http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/chen-society/bid-to-smuggle-star-tortoises-foiled/article6062940.ece

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Wildlife case accused acquitted in Maharashtra

In the absence of sufficient evidence a local court in Gadchiroli district had acquitted four accused whom against a case was registered by forest department for illegal trade of leopard skin on March 2009 at Bhamragarh forest division.

Villagers killed a leopard in Uttarakhand

Villagers in Udham Singh Nagar district of Uttarakhand had killed a leopard on 27 May 2014.
http://www.amarujala.com/news/states/uttarakhand/udham-singh-nagar/Udham-singh-nagar-78386-118/

Friday, 23 May 2014

12 deer poisoned in Chhattisgarh

Poachers using urea poisoned a waterhole and killed 12 deer in Barnawapara project division of Chhattisgarh forest development corporation on 22 May 2014.

Friday, 2 May 2014

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Accused caught with 11 shahtoosh shawls convicted

An accused from Jammu & Kashmir who was arrested by Delhi Wildlife officials with 11 Shahtoosh shawls in November 2002 was convicted by trial court last week. Court observed that from the bare reading of the provisions of section 57 of Wildlife Protection Act, it is clear that prosecution is to prove that the accused was found in possession/custody or control of any part or derivative of any captive animal and until the contrary is proved, which is to be proved by the accused, custody of such person will be treated to be unlawful custody. If the defence of the accused is taken into consideration, same appears to be afterthought and thus he failed to rebut presumption of unlawful custody of Shahtoosh shawls recovered from his possession.

Court held that the prosecution has proved its case beyond reasonable doubt against the accused that he was found in possession of aforesaid wild life articles i.e 11 Shahtoosh Shawls made of/derived from Tibetan Antelope (Pantholops hodgsonii) without any licence or authority. The species of Tibetan Antelope
are specified in Schedule I of the Act and thus accused has contravened the provisions of section 49 of the Act which is punishable u/s 51 of Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972. Accordingly, accused is held guilty and is convicted for the offence u/s 49 of Wild Life (Protection) Act.


Exchange of fire between poachers and foresters in Karnataka

Exchange of fire between poachers and foresters were reported from Chamrajnagar district of Karnataka on 19 April 2014.
http://www.deccanherald.com/content/401096/forest-staff-poachers-exchange-fire.html

Rhino found dead without horn in West Bengal

A rhino carcass was found in Jaldapara National Park, West Bengal on 20 April 2014 which had its horn missing.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Home/Environment/Flora-Fauna/Rhino-carcass-found-in-Jaldapara/articleshow/34067129.cms

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Coast Guard seized 2 tonnes of sea cucumbers

Indian coast guard seized two tonnes of sea cucumbers from a Sri Lankan longliner at India's exclusive economic zone at Chereapani Reef, off Lakshadweep Islands on 7 April 2014 with 16 night-diving experts, 16 gas cylinders of 37 kgs each, fishing gear such as masks, fins; technical gear like two GPS, four hand-held GPS, and high frequency wireless sets; and two compressors.
http://www.bangaloremirror.com/news/state/Lankan-poachers-caught-after-4-hour-hot-pursuit/articleshow/33515393.cms

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Accused in shahtoosh shawls seizure case convicted in Delhi

Last week a trial court in Delhi had convicted a person who was caught with 9 shahtoosh shawls (made from under fleece of Tibetan antelope) in Delhi on March 2002. The case was registered by Wildlife Department of Delhi government, court held that the prosecution has proved its case beyond reasonable doubt against the accused and he has contravened the provisions of section 49 of the Act which is punishable u/s 51 of Wildlife Protection Act 1972.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Poachers arrested in Similipal National Park

Forest officials arrested nine poachers and seized nine bows, 30 arrows, sharp weapons etc.  from their possession in Similipal National Park, Odisha on 7 April 14 night.
http://odishasuntimes.com/44701/nine-poachers-arrested-similipal-national-park/

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Two lion cubs killed in road accident

Two Asiatic lion cubs killed in road accident at Amreli district of Gujarat on 2 April 2014.
http://www.bhaskar.com/article/GUJ-RAJ-two-cubs-died-in-road-accident-near-rajula-4567819-PHO.html?seq=1

10 tonnes of red sanders seized in Tamil Nadu

DRI officials seized 10 tonnes of red sanders stocked in a container in Coimbatore on 31 March 2014.
http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Coimbatore/red-sanders-logs-worth-rs45-crore-seized-in-coimbatore/article5861717.ece

Nilgai meat seized in Rajasthan

A joint team of police and forest department seized 20 kg raw meat of Nilgai (blue bull), gun and other items in Sri Ganganagar district of Rajasthan on 2 April 2014.
http://www.bhaskar.com/article/MAT-RAJ-OTH-c-194-165690-NOR.html

Leopard killed near Corbett Tiger Reserve

A leopard found dead in Tarai West Forest Division, near Corbett tiger reserve on 28 March 2014 was suspected to be caught in trap and beaten to death.
http://hindi.pardaphash.com/news/--757211/757211.html

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

14 tonnes of red sanders seized

In two different cases 14 tonnes of red sanders seized on last week, it includes 7.5 tonnes seized in Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh and 6.5 tonnes seized by DRI in Kolkata.

Tusker killed in Jharkhand

Body of a male elephant killed by poachers and tusks removed was found in West Singhbhum district of Jharkhand on 30 March 2014.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Forest Range Officer arrested for taking bribe in red sanders case

Maharashtra police arrested a forest range officer and few others are on run in connection with allegedly taking a bribe from accused of red sanders case detected by DRI.
http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-forest-officer-arrested-for-taking-bribe-of-rs55-lakh-1970106

Illegal wildlife trader Sansar Chand died

Notorious Delhi-based illegal wildlife trader Sansar Chand died early this morning due to lung cancer and other ailments at SMS Hospital, Jaipur.
http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/poacher-sansar-chand-dead-114031800278_1.html

Four leopard skins seized

Two tiger skins seized in Maharashtra

Maharashtra police arrested seven persons with two tiger skins on last week in Sangli district.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolhapur/Seven-arrested-in-Sangli-with-suspected-tiger-skins/articleshow/32226486.cms

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Monday, 10 March 2014

Elephant electrocuted in Tamil Nadu

In an elephant-human conflict incident, a six-year-old elephant was electrocuted on 7 March 2014 when it came in contact with an electric fencing put up by farmers in Virudhunagar district.
http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/elephant-electrocuted-114030700483_1.html

Red sanders seized in Andhra Pradesh

A joint team of police and forest department seized two trucks carrying red sanders in Kadapa district on 10 March 2014.
http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/red-sanders-worth-rs-2-cr-seized-three-smugglers-held-114031000217_1.html

Leopard skin trader convicted in Uttarakhand

Judicial Magistrate court in Narendranagar had convicted a person who was held with a leopard skin in Rishikesh on July 2011 and sentenced him to three years imprisonment and Rs. 10,000 fine. 

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Leopard and deer skins seized in Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh forest officials arrested three tribal poachers with a skin of leopard and five deer skins near Satpura tiger reserve on 19 February 2014.
http://www.bansalnews.com/Newsdetail.aspx?id=44870

Ivory seized in Dehradun

Police officials seized 2.5 kg of elephant ivory and arrested three persons in Dehradun, Uttarakhand on 19 February 2014.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Monday, 17 February 2014

Three leopards poisoned, skin of one removed

Bodies of three leopards (including one skinned) poisoned by poachers were found in Ajmer district of Rajasthan on 15 February 2014.

Monitor lizard skin pieces seized in Odisha

170 pieces of monitor lizard skin used for making musical instrument were seized in Dhenkanal district of Odisha on 13 February 2014.
http://odishasuntimes.com/31886/170-pcs-monitor-lizard-skin-seized/