Notorious Sariska poacher gets RI

Notorious Sariska poacher gets RI

NEW DELHI, March 5: A CBI special court convicted the notorious tiger poacher, Kalya Bawaria, who was responsible for a series of killings of tigers and leopards in Sariska Tiger Project in Alwar district of Rajasthan.

The poacher, who was supplying skins to smuggler Sansar Chand, has been sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for two years and five months. The CBI had registered a case on 30 June 2005 under the Wildlife Protection Act after cases pertaining to the killing of tigers in Sariska were transferred by the forest department, Sariska.

The CBI arrested Bawaria on 29 September 2005 from his hide-out in a remote area of Sikar. The investigating agency also seized muzzle loading guns and an iron trap used for trapping wild animals from his possession. Bawaria is in judicial custody and is facing trial in several other wildlife poaching cases.

During investigations, the CBI established Bawaria’s links with a number of middleman based in Rajasthan and Haryana through whom the skins off tigers and leopards were being traded with notorious wildlife smuggler, Sansar Chand, the CBI said. The CBI also unearthed the modus operandi used by the convict in killing tigers and leopards of Sariska.

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