Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Maharashtra to announce CBI probe in tiger poaching cases

Maharashtra government is all set to announce a CBI inquiry into tiger poaching cases unearthed in Vidarbha region between October 2012 and May 2013. Gang of organized tiger poachers arrested in June first week by the forest and police officials in Mansar near Nagpur have confessed that their separate teams killed at least 11 tigers in the eight months.

Three leopard skins seized

In two separate incidents three leopard skins were seized on 29 July 2013, Kerala forest officials seized a leopard skin in Kollam district and Uttarakhand forest officials seized two leopard skins in Uttar Kashi district. 

Accused in shahtoosh shawls seizure case acquitted

In February 2003 Delhi Wildlife Department raided an emporium in Delhi and arrested a person with 6 shahtoosh shawls (made from wool derived from Tibetan Antelope). After ten years, a trial court had acquitted the accused. Court observed that the number of contradictions in the testimony of prosecution witnesses regarding incidental aspects and the manner in which the case property was seized and produced before the court, the non-joining of the public/independent witness makes the prosecution story doubtful and it does not inspire any confidence.

Monday, 29 July 2013

Three sloth bears poisoned in Odisha

The carcass of a female sloth bear and two three-year-old cubs suspected to be poisoned were found in a forest near Toranipokhari village, Keonjhar district of Odisha on 26 July 2013.

Rhino killed in Pobitora, Assam

An adult male rhino was killed and its horn taken away by poachers in the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in central Assam's Morigaon district on 25 July 2013.

Killing of deer near Bor, Maharashtra

Maharashtra forest officials arrested two persons, including a woman belonging to hunting tribe, while cooking meat of deer killed in protected forest area of Kondhali,5 km from Bor Wildlife Sanctuary. Apart from 5 kg cooked meat, the staff also seized a deer leg, a big knife, pellets of country-made (Bharmar) gun and 200 gram explosives powder.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Snake charmers convicted in Delhi

Two snake charmers whom were in possession of one Indian Rock Python without any permission or licence in Delhi on April 2006 were found guilty by trial court. Accordingly, both accused are convicted for the offence u/s 9/49 and 49(B)(1) of Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972, punishable u/s 51 of the Act.

Leopard killed in road accident in Panna

A leopard was killed in road accident in Panna district of Madhya Pradesh on 21 July 2013 night.

Monday, 22 July 2013

Three persons arrested with Agra Monitor Lizards convicted

Three persons arrested with 57 live Agra Monitor Lizards in Delhi on January 2004 were found guilty by trial court and and are convicted for the offence u/s 9/49/49(B)(1) of Wild Life (Protection) Act.

Person caught with mongoose hairs and brushes convicted

Accused apprehended with 9.5 kg of mongoose hairs and 1000 mongoose hair brushes in Delhi on December 2005 was found guilty by trial court and are convicted for the offence u/s 49 of Wild Life (Protection) Act.

Body of an elephant shot dead found in Assam

Carcass of an elephant shot dead by poachers and tusks removed found in Dhemaji district of Assam on 20 July 2013.

Python killed and ate in Kerala

Kerala forest officials arrested seven persons for killing a python and ate its meat in Thiruvananthapuram district on 19 July 2013. Officials later recovered skin and fat of the animal.

Two leopard skins seized in Udham Singh Nagar

Uttarakhand police arrested a person from Pithoragarh with skins of two leopards in Udham Singh Nagar district on 21 July 2013.

Friday, 19 July 2013

One arrested for tiger killing in Kerala

The three-year-old tiger that was found dead at Karappara Estate in Nenmara forest division, Palakkad, on 16 July 2013 is suspected to have been “hunted” down by a local resident. Forest officials have arrested a resident of the workers’ colony of the estate, in connection with the killing. A case has been charged against him under Section 9 of the Wildlife Protection Act.

85 kg pangolin scales seized in Assam

85 kg pangolin scales seized and one arrested in Assam on 17 July 2013.

Sansar and co-accused discharged from MCOCA

Sansar an illegal wildlife trader and co-accused were discharged from the provisions of MCOCA (Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act) by a court in Delhi on 16 July 2013. Co-accused discharged along with him are Sudesh Kumar, Ritu, Babu, a proclaimed offender Badal, Narain, Preetam, Lalita Parsad, Satya Bhan, Hira Lal Khatik and Jagdish Parsad Khatik. When discharging from the provisions of MCOCA, court observed that:

(i) That there is no provision under the Code of Criminal Procedure to file a supplementary complaint in
complaint case;
(ii) That provisions of Section 173(8) is applicable to the police report submitted under Section 173(2) Cr.P.C and not to the complaint cases.
(iii) That after taking cognizance, only superior courts can transfer the investigation to another agency in
appropriate cases for further investigation/fresh investigation/reinvestigation.
(iv) That in the instant case, no superior court had transferred the investigation to the CBI authorizing it to
conduct further investigation under Section 173(8) Cr.P.C., thus investigation conducted by CBI is without
any jurisdiction.
(v) That since there is no provision under the Code of Criminal Procedure to file supplementary complaint in a complaint case, CBI can not file the supplementary complaints by invoking the provisions of Section 173(8) Cr.P.C.
(vi) That word 'charge-sheet' as recited under Section 2(1)(d) of MCOCA does not include 'complaint' as
defined under Section 2(d) Cr.P.C.
(vii) That CBI has failed to satisfy the first mandatory requirement of Section 2(1)(d) of MCOCA to invoke the stringent provisions of MCOCA against the accused persons.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Chinese citizens detained with red sanders in Delhi airport

29 Chinese citizens were detained in Delhi airport with red sanders on 15 July 2013. This is the fifth time Chinese nationals were found with red sanders in different parts of the country in last one and a half months.

133 tonnes of red sanders seized in Mumbai

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) sleuths seized 133 metric tonnes of red sanders, which was allegedly being smuggled out to Dubai, at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) in Navi Mumbai on 15 July 2013.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Monday, 15 July 2013

Black buck poachers convicted

A court in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu has sentenced three people to one year imprisonment and Rs. 2,000 fine in connection with seizure of meat and skin of black buck on September 2003.

Eight tonnes of red sanders seized in Karnataka

Karnataka police seized eight tonnes of red sanders in Tumkur district on 13 July 2013 night.

Chinese held again with red sanders, this time in Hyderabad

It's now believed that Chinese are directly engaging with illegal red sanders traders based in Andhra Pradesh, a source state for red sanders. In a latest case an international racket of smuggling red sanders to Hong Kong via Hyderabad has been busted by the Cyberabad police leading to the arrest of five Chinese citizens and four employees of a courier company. Last month in three different incidents Chinese citizens were detained in Bangalore and Mumbai airport with red sanders in their bags.

Bhutan a preferred conduit for red sanders smugglers

Bhutan, forest officials have recently seized a consignment of 900kg sandalwood at Paro on its way from Indian town Alipurduar (West Bengal) at Indo-Bhutan border to, as suspected, China.

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Stakeholders told to be on alert over poachers’ use of Furadan

A report generated by the Uttarakhand Forest Department has warned officers, wildlife scientists and activists across Uttarakhand and other Indian states about poachers using the pesticide Furadan (Carbofuran) to poach big cats.

Ivory seized in West Bengal

West Bengal forest officials arrested three people including a person from Assam with elephant tusk in Cooch Behar on 10 July 2013.

Elephant killed, tusks removed in Assam

Poachers shot dead an elephant and removed its tusks in Karbi Anglong district of Assam and its body was found on 10 July 2013.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Person arrested with tiger skin convicted

In a 23 year old case a trial court in Haridwar, Uttarakhand has convicted a person and sentenced him to three years imprisonment and Rs 10,000 fine in connection with the seizure of a skin each of tiger and leopard. Initially the case was registered against four persons in which two were died during the trial and third was acquitted by court.

Monday, 8 July 2013

School raided, wildlife articles seized

Enforcement officials raided a school in Delhi last week and seized wildlife articles.

Please read the CBSE circular on discontinuation of use of specimens of plants/animals listed in Wildlife Protection Act:

Olive Ridley turtle killed for meat

Tamil Nadu Forest officials from Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park arrested six persons and seized meat of Olive Ridley turtle at Tuticorin fishing harbour on 7 July 2013.

Six elephant tusks seized in Karnataka

Tusks of three elephants killed by poachers few months back in Tamil Nadu were seized in Bangalore Rural district by police on 6 July 2013, 7 arrested.

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Leopard skin case accused acquitted by court

After 18 years of trial a court in Delhi had acquitted two persons caught with a skin of leopard and spotted deer each in 1995. Court observed that the number of contradictions in the testimony of prosecution witnesses regarding incidental aspects, the non-joining of the public/independent witness makes the prosecution story doubtful and it does not inspire any confidence.

Three Nilgais killed in Uttar Pradesh

Body parts of three nilgais killed by poachers were seized by police from an overturned car in Amroha district of Uttar Pradesh on 30 June 2013 night.

One more leopard skin seized in Pithoragarh

Special Operations Group of Uttarakhand police arrested two persons with a leopard skin in Pithoragarh on the night of 30 June 2013. On 28th June also a leopard skin was seized in Pithoragarh district.

Monday, 1 July 2013

Accused arrested with Indian Tent Turtles convicted

An accused arrested by Delhi police on last December with 21 live Indian Tent Turtles has pleaded guilty during the trial and court sentenced him for a period already undergone in J/C and to pay a fine of Rs. 10,000/- for the offence u/s 9, 49 and 49B(1) of Wildlife Protection Act and in default of payment of fine, SI for one week.

Shopkeeper convicted for illegal possession of mongoose hair brushes

A shopkeeper who was found with 320 pieces of mongoose hair brushes and another person with 12 brushes during the raid in Delhi on January 2011 were found guilty by trial court and convicted for the offence u/s 44/49 and 49B(1) of Wildlife Protection Act. 

Spotted deer killed in Mahasamund district

Police officials in Mahasamund district of Chhattisgarh seized the carcass of a spotted deer killed by poachers and arrested two persons on 29 June 2013.

Elephant tusks seized in Kerala

Kerala forest officials seized two elephant tusks weighing around 30 kg and arrested two persons in Pathanamthitta district on 29 June 2013.