Monday, 22 December 2014

Repeat offender in wildlife crimes arrested at Pilibhit Tiger Reserve

A repeat offender in tiger related wildlife crimes belongs to Uttarakhand was arrested by forest officials at Pilibhit tiger reserve on 20 December 2014.

Tiger skin seized in Telangana

Forest officials arrest four persons with a tiger skin in Adilabad district of Telangana on 20 December 2014.

12 tonnes of red sanders seized in Karnataka

Maoists attack forest offices in Kerala

Suspected maoists (left wing extremists) attacked the forest offices at Silent Valley National Park in Palakkad and Vellamunda in Wayanad district of Kerala on 22 December 2014 morning. The Maoists set on fire a jeep parked in front of the Silent Valley Range office and destroyed four computers, files among other things.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Government orders DFO’s retirement a year in advance

Himachal Pradesh government ordered the Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) concerned to retire with immediate effect as he reportedly had failed in taking timely cognisance of large-scale illicit tree felling in the Khokra forest area of Nalagarh Forest Division.

250 kgs of peacock feathers seized in Manipur

Assam Rifles seized 250 kg of peacock feathers at Chandel district, near Myanmar border on 15 December 2014.

Three years imprisonment for poaching sarus crane

CJM court in Bharatpur, Rajasthan had found guilty in one person for killing a male sarus crane at Keoladeo National Park in January 2002 and sentenced him to three years imprisonment.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Dy. Ranger caught for accepting bribe

Madhya Pradesh Lokayukt caught red-handedly a Deputy Range forest officer for accepting Rupees 5,000 as bribe.

One more rhino killed in Kaziranga

Poachers killed another rhino within a span of two days at Kaziranga National Park on 11 December 2014 and took away its horn.

16,34,320 ha forest areas are encroached in India

In a reply to a question in Rajya Sabha yesterday, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change said that as per the reports received from States/UTs the details of the forest area under encroachment are 16,34,320.08 hectares.
Details are here:

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Two rhinos and a tiger killed in Assam

Two rhinos were killed and horn took away by poachers in Assam, one each in Orang and Kaziranga. A tiger suspected to be poisoned was also found dead in Orang on 7 December 2014.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Tiger poisoned? Body found in Sharda canal, Uttar Pradesh

A young and healthy wild tiger was reportedly poisoned to death and its body was spotted floating in the Sharda canal in Lakhimpur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh on 9 December 2014. Similar kind of tiger deaths were reported earlier also from this area.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Appeal filed by accused in wildlife case dismissed

On 22 November 2014, Special Judge CBI-03, Delhi had dismissed an appeal filed by a convict who was sentenced to three years imprisonment by trial court in August 2014. The convict was held by police with a leopard skin on June 2004 at under Roop Nagar police station area.

When dismissing the appeal the court notes that:

The   appellant   has   been   convicted under   Section   51(5)   of   Wild   Life(   Protection)   Act, which provides   that   a   person   found   to   be   guilty   of   offence   for contravention of any provision of the  Act(except Chapter VA and Section 38J) or any rule or order made thereunder, is liable to   be   punished   with   imprisonment   for   a   term   which   may extend to 3 years or with fine which may extend to twenty five thousand  rupees­  or  with  both,  and it  further  provides  that where the   offence committed is in relation   to any animal specified in Schedule I or Part II of Schedule II or meat of any any such animal or animal article, trophy or uncured trophy derived   from   such   animal   etc.   shall   be   punishable   with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than three years but may extend to seven years and also with fine, which shall not be less than ten thousand rupees.

Leopard or Panther(Panthera pardus skin) find mention in entry no. 16B of Schedule I of the Wild Life( Protection) Act, 1972, and once the contravention of   Section 49 of the Wild Life( Protection) Act, 1972, is proved, the appellant is liable to be punished with minimum sentence of three years and a minimum fine of Rs.10,000/­.  Vide impugned Order on Sentence dated 22.08.2014, the appellant has been sentenced to SI for 3 years and a fine of Rs.10,000/­, which is the minimum sentence attracted to the contravention of Section 49 of Wild Life( Protection) Act, 1972. Since the sentence of minimum imprisonment has been provided under the provision for which the appellant has been convicted, the appellant is not entitled to be given the benefit of Probation of Offenders Act or to be enlarged   on   probation.   The   result   being   the   impugned Judgment/Order on Sentence dated 21.08.2014/22.08.2014, are upheld.  Appeal filed is dismissed.  

Tiger poisoned in Tamil Nadu

Forest officials have arrested three tribals in Sathayamangalam tiger reserve, Tamil Nadu on 4 December 2014 for poisoning the tiger to death. After poisoning the tiger to death, the villagers had removed its bones, skin and nails leaving behind the carcass.

Leopard skin seized in Dehradun

Police officials arrested three persons and seized a leopard skin in Dehradun, Uttarakhand on 7 December 2014.

More than 800 Indian soft-shelled turtles rescued

Andhra Pradesh Forest Department officials on 7 December 2014 seized more than 800 Indian soft-shelled turtles in Krishna district.

4 Slender Loris rescued in Maharashtra

4 slender loris had been bundled into a sack were rescued by police officials in Thane, Maharashtra on 4 December 2014.

Thursday, 4 December 2014