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.