Woman poacher sentenced to five years RI
8 Jul 2009, 2211 hrs IST, PTI
NEW DELHI: A court in Uttar Pradesh has sentenced a woman poacher to five year rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 25,000 in a 16-year-old tiger poaching case.
Fifty-five-year-old Dilipo was sentenced yesterday by Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (ACGM) Rajeshwari Tolia of a Pilibhit court, who found her guilty of violating several sections of Wildlife Protection Act by killing and smuggling tiger skins and parts.
Dilipo along with her associate Ramwati was arrested in February 1992 after forest officials seized a tiger skin and seven kg of tiger bone parts from their possession in Pilibhit, advocate DP Singh, special counsel for Dudhwa forest department, said.
At the instance of the accused, forest officials recovered tiger fat and several traps used to kill the endangered species.
However, Dilipo, a member of the Bawaria community, managed to get bail in the case. In 2005, she again fell into the net of the forest officials who arrested her from Katerniaghat Ghat division in Uttar Pradesh for a similar crime and was sent to jail for nine months.
When she was arrested in yet another tiger poaching case in 2007, forest officials thought of tightening the noose around her and reopened the case registered against her in 1992.