One held for shooting tiger

One held for shooting tiger

21 Feb, 2008, 1718 hrs IST, PTI

BHOPAL: Forest officials in Satna district of Madhya Pradesh have arrested one person in connection with the shooting of a tiger in Uchehara area.

The arrested person identified as Bihari Prasad Kol was produced in a court in Nagoud town yesterday which remanded him to judicial custody till March 3 for further probe, official sources said.

With the arrest of Kol, forest officials are hoping to catch the gang of poachers allegedly involved in the smuggling and killing of animals in the region.

A tiger was shot by an unidentified person following which the animal was seriously injured. The tiger was later shifted to Bhopal for treatment.

Both the hind legs of the tiger were paralysed due to the bullet injury, the sources said, adding a team of veterinary surgeons has successfully extricated the bullet pierced into the spine of the full-grown animal’s body.

The condition of tiger is stable and now the animal will be placed in the protected area of the state capital’s National Van Vihar Park.

State Forest Minister Vijay Shah, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF) VR Khare and PCCF Wildlife Dr P B Gangopadhyaya among others visited the park and instructed the officials to ensure proper care of the animal.

The tiger was found injured on February 16 in the Unchaher forest area of the district and it was reported that the tiger was shot by an unidentified poacher

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