‘Goa not to close tiger killing case’
TNN 18 September 2009, 05:38am IST
PANAJI: Despite the preliminary probe into a tiger killing case at Mhadei wildlife sanctuary suggesting that the remains were not that of a tiger, Goa’s forest department on Thursday said it would investigate further.
“The preliminary report may have said that the animal remains found in the forest of Keri are not that of a tiger, but we will seek legal opinion in the matter,” chief conservator of forest Shashi Kumar said on Thursday. .
The investigations into the case received a major jolt when the Dehradun-based Wildlife Institute of India (WII) observed that the samples were not that of a tiger. The forest department had arrested five persons and zeroed in on the sites where the tiger was killed on February 27 and managed to get to the site on May 30.
Kumar said that it is too early to say that the department would close the case following adverse forensic findings. The institute has sent its findings in the form of a letter and a detailed report would follow, he said.