Monday, 25 May 2015

Persons caught with sea shells convicted in Delhi

Two persons from Odisha whom were caught with sea shells (including Bullmouth helmet shells, Trochus, Giant spider conch, Trapezium conch & Cypraea limacina lamarck) during India International Trade Fair in Delhi on 22 November 2009 had convicted by trial court and sentenced to undergo SI for the period already undergone by them along with a fine of Rs. 5,000.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Bangladesh pirates terrorise Sunderbans

In the first week of May, 20 villagers from Kalitola and Hingalgunj block had set out for the Gazikhali Shorshuna area of the Sunderbans in four small boats to collect honey from the interiors of the jungle. It got dark by the time they finished, and as the boats made their way out of an inlet, their path was blocked by two bigger boats, five of them were taken prisoner at gun point and the remaining forced to load the catch of the day — 50 kgs of fresh honey — on to the Bangladeshi boats.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

One more tiger poaching reported from Melghat

A major organized gang of local poachers have been busted by the Melghat tiger reserve (MTR) and territorial wing officials on 19 May 2015. Official sources said a tiger was poached in October 2014 in Dhakna range under West Melghat forest division, Maharashtra. Yesterday, during raid three steel traps, poaching tools and other wildlife articles recovered.

Leopard skin seized in Odisha

A man was arrested with a leopard skin from the foothills of the Similipal forests in Mayurbhanj district of Odisha on 18 May 2015.

Crackdown leads to arrest of more Chinese nationals in red sanders smuggling

As the Andhra Pradesh police mount pressure on red sanders smugglers, more and more Chinese nationals involved in illegally procuring the wood and exporting them have fallen into the net, more than 50 Chinese citizens have been arrested in the past few years.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Conviction upheld in leopard skins seizure case

Two convicts, one man and a woman whom were filed an appeal against their conviction were rejected by Additional Sessions Judge - Kurukshetra and upheld the sentences pronounced by Special Environment Court to undergo rigorous imprisonment of five years for the offence defined under Section 39 and 49(b) of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972 and punishable under Section 51 of the said Act and to pay fine of 20,000/- each. Both convicts were arrested by Wildlife Inspector - Pinjore with 4 leopard skins in January 2011. 

Leopard killed in train accident in Maharashtra

A six-year-old male leopard was killed in a rail accident near Bhagur in Nashik district of Maharashtra on 18 May 2015.

Poachers electrocuted an elephant in Chhattisgarh

One male elephant was electrocuted when animal touches the wire illegally laid by poachers by tapping electricity from 11KV line for killing herbivores at Lailunga range of Dharamjaigarh forest division in Chhattisgarh on 18 May 2015.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Peacock poacher convicted in Rajasthan

Last month a local court in Alwar had convicted a person for killing a peacock by poisoning at Akbarpur range of Sariska Tiger Reserve in May 2010. Accused has sentenced to 3 years imprisonment and Rs. 10,000 fine for violating section 9 of Wildlife Protection Act (WPA), 2 years imprisonment and Rs. 5,000 fine for violating section 27 of WPA and 3 years imprisonment and Rs. 10,000 fine for violating section 29 of WPA, sentences has to served concurrently. 

Leopard killed in road accident in Rajasthan

One leopard was killed in road accident at NH-8 in Udaipur district of Rajasthan on 12 May 2015.

Panna TR director transferred for opposing Ken-Betwa river linkage

In a recent administrative shake up of forest officials, Panna Tiger Reserve director was transferred to Kuno wild life sanctuary where introduction of Gujarat lions is still a distant dream. Director had submitted an adverse report on the ambitious Ken-Betwa river link saying it would affect tiger habitat.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Rajasthan police arrested a poacher from Haryana

A member of an organized poaching gang and a repeat offender in wildlife crime who was earlier associated with Sansar Chand was arrested by Rajasthan police from Hisar district of Haryana in connection with seizure of two leopard skins at Udaipur district on 5 May 2015.

Leopard killed in train accident

A male leopard was run over by train near Gir forest in Junagadh district of Gujarat on 11 May 2015.

Monday, 11 May 2015

Forest officer charged with fraud

In Uttarakhand, an Indian Forest Service officer is accused of bungling with funds of his department. The funds were drawn from the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA).

360 kg sea cucumbers seized in Tamil Nadu

The Coastal Security Group (marine police) on 10 May 2015 arrested four people in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu on charges of smuggling sea cucumbers and seized 360 kilograms from them.

Sloth bear killed in road accident

A sloth bear was killed after being hit by an unknown vehicle in Arasikere taluk of Hassan district of Karnataka on 7 May 2015 night.

Friday, 8 May 2015

Elephant and leopard killed in Train and road accidents

An adult male elephant was killed when a speeding passenger train hit the animal while it was crossing tracks in between Madarihat and Hasimara stations in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal on 7 May 2015.

In an another incident a leopard was killed in road accident at Dehradun - Haridwar highway on 7 May 2015.

Leopard skin seized in Madhya Pradesh

Forest officials apprehended seven people with a leopard skin at Chhindwara West forest division on 7 May 2015.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Illegal wildlife trader Ratiram Sharma arrested again

An illegal wildlife trader and repeat offender in wildlife crime, Ratiram Sharma a resident of Jaigaon near Bhutan border and one of his associate were arrested by West Bengal officials in connection with recent killings of Rhinos and Elephants in North Bengal.

Tiger claws seized in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu forest officials seized 8 tiger claws and arrested two persons at Hasanur forest division in Erode district of Tamil Nadu on 1 May 2015.

Businessman from Kolkata arrested for Pangolin scales smuggling

Madhya Pradesh forest officials, arrested a Kolkata-based businessman, who is part of a global racket involved in smuggling Indian pangolins to China and Vietnam. Nine of his local conduits were arrested in state's Chhindwara district in September 2014.

4.5 tonnes of red sanders seized in Andhra Pradesh

Police officials arrested six persons and seized 4.5 tonnes of red sanders in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh on 4 May 2015.

Friday, 1 May 2015

Govt. reply in parliament on seizures of tiger skins/bones

Government replied in Raja Sabha yesterday that reports of cases of illegal trade of body parts of tigers and leopards in various parts of the country including Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Western Ghats have been received. However rampant illegal trade of body parts of tigers and leopards has not been noticed.
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