10 May 2008, 0324 hrs IST,TNN
BANGALORE: The tiger’s carcass bore 18 bullets. Its limbs were hacked, and its claws, lower jaw and canines were missing.
The dead tiger was lying for around 15 days and the decomposed body was found only on Wednesday by the forest department in a coffee plantation in Kurchi village, on the border of Bramhagiri wildlife sanctuary.
According to the chief wildlife warden of forest department, I B Srivastava, it may not be a poaching case. “The coffee plantation owners could be involved and it could be a case of self-defence,” he said.
Srivastava said it is possible that after the tiger was killed, somebody could have removed parts of the animal. The department is yet to receive the post-mortem report.
A case was registered at Srimangala police station, Virajpet taluk, on May 8, under the Wildlife Protection Act 2, Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, Indian Arms Act and Section 379 of IPC.
The complainant was Gajanana Reserve Forest Officer, Ponnampet Range. No one has been arrested so far.