Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Four people sentenced to five years imprisonment in wildlife smuggling

Chief Judicial Magistrate of Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand had convicted four people whom were arrested by forest department with a skin each of leopard and leopard cat at Rudraprayag in January 2017. All four accused were sentenced to five years imprisonment and ₹ 10,000 fine each.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Two persons convicted for musk pods smuggling

On November 2010 in a joint operation of Uttarakhand police and forest department, arrested two persons of Bageshwar with two musk pods at Haldwani in Nainital district. After the trial, Judicial Magistrate of Haldwani had convicted both the accused and sentenced them to 3 years imprisonment and ₹ 10,000 fine each.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Engine drivers honoured for save the elephant

North East Frontier Railway was awarded two engine drivers for exceptional devotion towards duty for save the elephant. Shri Sujit Prasad (Loco Pilot) and Shri Khageshwar Singh (Sr Asst Loco Pilot) based at Alipurduar Jn while o­n duty o­n a goods train suddenly observed a big elephant o­n railway track at KM 29/4-5 between Sevok and Gulma station o­n 23.10.2017. They immediately stopped the train by applying emergency brake thereby saved the elephant and a probable derailment. In recognition of their service and devotion towards duty Addl. General Manager N.F.Railway awarded them with “Man of the month October – 2017” certificate along-with a cash award of Rs. 5,000/- each.

India received Certificate of Commendation from CITES

The Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) of India was awarded with a Certificate of Commendation by the Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

The CITES Secretary-General’s Certificate of Commendation recognizes exemplary enforcement actions. It was awarded to WCCB in recognition of exemplary work conducted to initiate and coordinate a national intelligence-driven law enforcement operation focused on the major Indian states affected by poaching of and illegal trade in live tortoises and turtles. The operation, code-named “Operation Save Kurma”, was conducted from 15 December 2016 to 30 January 2017, and resulted in the seizure of 15,912 live tortoises and turtles and the arrest of 55 suspects.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Leopard poacher sentenced to 5 years imprisonment in Madhya Pradesh

The court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Betul had convicted a person for killing a leopard in Sarni Range of Betul North forest division, Madhya Pradesh on 30 September 2011 and sentenced him to 5 years rigorous imprisonment and ₹10,000 fine. Two persons whom had abetment to this crime (violation of section 52 of Wildlife Protection Act) have also convicted and sentenced to 3 years imprisonment and ₹10,000 fine each.

Monday, 27 November 2017

In two instances tiger skins seized in Nepal were originated from India

In two case studies presented by Government of India to CITES Secretariat shows that one of the tiger skin seized in Nepal on January 2013 was originated from Pench Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh and tiger skin seized in December 2015 at Sunsari, Nepal was originated from Corbett Tiger Reserve, Uttarakhand.

Friday, 24 November 2017

69 Shahtoosh shawls seized in Switzerland in between October 2016 to March 2017

Documents presented by Switzerland to CITES secretariat shows that since CoP17 (October 2016), until 9 March 2017, Switzerland made 22 seizures involving a total of 69 shawls containing fibres of Tibetan antelope wool. The majority of the seizures were made following targeted inspections during the winter season and during controls by border officials specifically trained to detect products containing fibres of wool from Tibetan antelopes. The shawls were seized from private individuals travelling to Switzerland from other European countries, mainly from Italy and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, but single cases from Austria, France, Germany and the United States of America were also detected. Most of the travellers carried between one and four shawls, with the exception of one traveller who was carrying 14 shawls. Furthermore, one seizure involving four shawls were made from a traveller on a domestic flight. Inspections at commercial vendors within Switzerland resulted in four seizures involving a total of 32 shawls. Switzerland reported that it had been in contact with Italy and the United Kingdom, since there has been an increase of travellers carrying shahtoosh shawls from these countries.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Tiger poacher convicted, sentenced to three-year jail

Notorious tiger poacher Bhima was convicted and awarded three-year imprisonment in a 2012 case by an environment court in Faridabad in neighbouring Haryana, officials said on Tuesday. The special environment court also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on him under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 in a case of seizure of tiger skin, tiger bones, ivory, and other wildlife contraband from him on August 1, 2012.

Tiger poisoning case: Forester suspended

Nagpur: Stung by the allegations of corruption in poisoning of two tigers in Paoni range, the Nagpur chief conservator of forests (CCF) Sanjeev Gaur suspended forester ST Uikey.
CCF Gaur issued orders to suspend Uikey after it was found that he deliberately delayed cattle kill and crop damage compensation cases in Hiwra round where he was posted. According to tigers' poisoning case accused Anandrao Madavi of Pindkepar, Uikey was demanding Rs 1,000 to settle cattle kill cases. Tigers had preyed on Madavi's two cows and injured one in the last 2-3 months.
Frustrated Madavi (42), who has encroached upon irrigation land and grazed cattle illegally on forest land, sprinkled deadly pesticide on dead cow that caused death of two tigers.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Two tigers electrocuted and another found dead

Bodies of two tigers suspected to have electrocuted were found yesterday at Chandrapur district of Maharashtra and Katni district of Madhya Pradesh. Another tiger was found dead at Kaziranga, Assam.

A north Bengal forest ranger people love to call ‘Singham’

In the forests of North Bengal, timber smugglers and poachers are in trouble. A 39-year-old forest ranger has come to be known as the ‘Forest Singham’ (lion of the forest) after having arrested hundreds of wildlife and timber smugglers. In 2016, Sanjay Dutta and his team seized 14 leopard skins, 500 pieces of leopard and tiger bones, two rhino horns, live geckos, seven skins of clouded leopard and 11 jars of snake venom.

Friday, 3 November 2017

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Pangolin scales seized in Odisha

Odisha forest officials arrested two persons with 3.5 kg pangolin scales and a leopard skin at Mayurbhanj district on 30 October 2017.

Sessions court ordered retrial of wildlife case

In July 2014 Special Environment Court in Kurukshetra had convicted three persons for five years imprisonment for killing a black buck at Fatehbad district in January 2012. On the basis of appeal filed by the convicts, Sessions court was set aside the lower court judgment and had ordered the retrial of the case citing reason as no proper procedure were followed during the trial.

Monday, 30 October 2017

Tiger skin seizure case accused acquitted by Juvenile Justice Board

Juvenile Justice Board of Nagpur had acquitted a person (case was registered under Wildlife Protection Act and IPC) who was arrested along with others in Nagpur Railway station, Maharashtra with 2 tiger skins and bones by CBI on November 2009. 

Friday, 27 October 2017

Section 144 imposed in North Cachar Hills district to prevent bird poaching

Dy. Commissioner of Dima Hasao district in Assam imposed Section 144 of CrPC to prevent bird poaching reported from Jatinga village. DC had banned movement of people with sticks, nets and other items used for trapping and killing birds. The DC has also banned use of flash lights, halogens and search lights in the village.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Wildlife trader got bail from Uttarakhand High Court

An illegal wildlife trader from Delhi who was convicted in a case of tiger skin and bones seizure registered at Ramnagar division in January 2009 managed to procure bail from Uttarakhand High Court during the pendency of criminal revision. Prior to this his conviction was upheld by Sessions court in August 2017.

In High Court counsel for the convict contended that the "Courts below erred in awarding the punishment as the role assigned to the revisionist was as simple as he was the purchaser of the alleged skin, which was never sent for FSL. It is contended that the revisionist could not be punished as same is barred by Section 30 and 26 of the Evidence Act. It is further contented the revisionist was on bail during trial as well as during pendency of appeal and he has never misused the bail granted to him."

Monday, 23 October 2017

Bear gall bladders and other articles seized in Assam

Large quantities of suspected bear gall bladders and body parts of other wild animals were seized in a joint operation of different enforcement agencies in Lakhimpur district of Assam.

Poachers shot dead a forest guard in Andhra Pradesh

Poachers shot dead a temporary forest guard of Andhra Pradesh forest department during patrolling at East Godavari district on 22 October 2017.

Elephant killed in Assam

The carcass of an adult male wild elephant, with its tusks, trunk and tail chopped off and chunks of meat hacked off from the body, was found at Dolopa village in Assam's Sivasagar district on 21 October 2017.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Three Indian nationals arrested in Nepal with Chimpanzees

Citizens of India, Nepal and Pakistan were arrested last week in Kathmandu by CIB of Nepal Police with 2 Chimpanzees and other animals, chimps were suspected to be brought from Nigeria.

Suspected poachers shot a forest guard in Pilibhit Tiger Reserve

One forest guard was seriously injured when criminals shot him during patrolling in Pilibhit Tiger Reserve, Uttar Pradesh on 17 October 2017.

4 wild elephants electrocuted

In three separate incidents 4 wild elephants were electrocuted, 2 in Dibrugarh district Assam, 1 each in Coimbatore district, Tamil Nadu and Jalpaiguri district, West Bengal.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Spiny-tailed Lizards seized in Karnataka

Karnataka police had seized 3 Sanda and a case was registered against two persons at Byatarayanapura police station in Bengaluru city on 16 October 2017.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Five people convicted in wildlife case

In January 2017, Madhya Pradesh forest officials registered a case in Narsinghgarh in Rajgarh district against 5 persons in connection with seizure of snakes, body parts of jackal & hyena and leg-hold traps. In 10th October, a court in Narsinghgarh had found guilty in all accused and sentenced them to four years rigorous imprisonment and ₹10,000 fine each. One the convict belong to Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh is a repeat offender in wildlife crime and was a big player in illegal wildlife trade.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Elephant tusks seized in Kottayam district, Kerala

Kerala forest officials arrested a person in Erumeli, Kottayam district with two elephant tusks, a country-made gun and a sword on 11 October 2017.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Five years imprisonment for person caught with rhino horn

In May 2015 forest officials of Jaldapara Wildlife Division, West Bengal had seized a rhino horn and arrested 5 persons. After the trial, a local court in Alipurduar had convicted a person on last month and sentenced him to five years simple imprisonment and ₹20,000 fine. The other four accused were acquitted as the prosecution has not been able to prove the case against them.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Friday, 6 October 2017

10 days imprisonment for people caught with sea cucumber

Last month a local court in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu had sentenced three people for 10 days of imprisonment and ₹ 250 fine each whom were caught with 100 kg of sea cucumbers in October 2010.

All Holothurians are listed in Schedule-I of Wildlife Protection Act. Section 51 (1) of Act says "Provided 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 such animal or animal article, trophy or uncured trophy derived from such animal or where the offence relates to hunting in a sanctuary or a National Park or altering the boundaries of a sanctuary or a National Park, such offence 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".

Same court also dismissed another wildlife complaint filed by forest department, citing reason as "No representation for the complainant. The complainant called absent. On 11.8.17 is also the complainant absent. In spite of repeated adjournment the complainant is not come forward to receive N.B.W after making necessary fee. Hence the complaint is dismissed u/s204(4) of Cr.p.c".

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Two persons convicted for violating Captive Elephant (Management & Maintenance) Rule

In February 2013 a captive elephant had killed a girl during the annual temple festival at Cherthala Taluk of Kerala. After investigating the incident  forest department had registered case against five persons for violating u/s 8(1)(2),10,12(a) of Captive Elephant (Management and Maintenance) Rule r/w 51 of Wild Life (Protection) Act. During the trial two accused were pleaded guilty and court sentenced them to pay a fine of ₹ 3500/- each and in default of payment of fine to undergo simple imprisonment for 30 days.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Conviction against wildlife criminals upheld in Haryana

In June 2010 forest officials of Haryana were arrested 3 people with 13 yellow monitor lizards in Kaithal district. Trial court had convicted the accused and sentenced them to rigorous imprisonment for a period of three years and fine of ₹10,000 each. The appeal filed by convicts were now rejected by Additional Sessions Judge, Kurukshetra and held that the prosecution has been duly proved the fact that appellants-accused were found in possession of 13 yellow monitor lizards and thereby committed offence under Section 39(a) of Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972, punishable under Section 51 of the Act.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

14 get life term for forest officer’s murder

The Nizamabad District SC, ST Sessions Court in Telangana convicted and sentenced 14 persons, including a woman and a couple, to life imprisonment for their involvement in the murder of Forest Officer in September 2013. The murder occurred when the officer, along with the staff, had gone to the spot on information that some persons were cultivating in forest department land, after grabbing them.

Monday, 25 September 2017

After 17 years wildlife criminal sentenced to 4 years imprisonment

In May 2000 district police of Haridwar, Uttarakhand arrested a person of neighboring Bijnore district with a leopard skin, after a long trial Chief Judicial Magistrate had found him guilty and sentenced the convict to 4 years rigorous imprisonment and ₹20,000 fine on last week.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Four leopard skins and 3 bear gall bladders seized in Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand forest officials arrested two persons with 4 leopard skins and 3 bear gall bladders at Rudraprayag forest division on 7 May 2017.

Three years imprisonment in seizure of traps and knife

In May 2007, Maharashtra forest officials detained six poachers from Madhya Pradesh and later arrested a person in connection with seizure of two iron traps and a knife in Wadsa forest division. Prosecution has proved in court that accused had set the trap for the purpose of hunting of tiger. After the trial JMFC - Desaiganj had convicted the accused and sentenced him to three years rigorous imprisonment and ₹ 2,000 fine.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Four persons convicted for poaching in Punjab

Four persons found to be engaged in hunting in forest areas under PS Sadar, Roopnagar in January 2014 were confessed their crime and court had convicted the accused. The court is of the considered view that it is fit case where the benefit of probation should be granted to the convicts. Thus, all the convicts are ordered to be released on probation on their furnishing personal probation bonds in the sum of Rs.25,000/- each, thereby undertaking to keep peace and to be of good behaviour for a period of Six months, to appear and receive sentence as and when called during this period. The convicts were further burdened with Rs.1000/- each as costs of litigation.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Tiger electrocuted in Maharashtra

More than a year after Jai the tiger went missing, his son, Srinivas, who was radio-collared last year, was found electrocuted in the Naghbid forest range that falls under the Brahmapuri forest division of Chandrapur district, Maharashtra.

Villagers killed two leopards

Yesterday villagers killed two leopards one each in Moradabad district of Uttar Pradesh and Bhandara district of Maharashtra.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Six years imprisonment for hunting spotted deer in tiger reserve

In March 2013 Dudhwa tiger reserve (Uttar Pradesh) officials were seized meat of spotted deer, 14 traps, other poaching tools, ration and arrested three persons in tiger reserve. After the trial, CJM court in Lakhimpur Kheri had convicted the accused for illegally entering tiger reserve, hunting deer and sentenced them to six years imprisonment and ₹ 1,00,000 fine each.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Two forest officers held for accepting bribe in Maharashtra

Two forest officers including a Range Officer were arrested by Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) for accepting bribe from a contractor for releasing the payment of a work done in Wildlife Sanctuary.

Three years imprisonment for a person caught with leopard skins in Uttarakhand

In June 2013 Uttarakhand police had arrested a person with two leopard skins in Pithoragarh. Judicial Magistrate of Pithoragarh is now convicted the accused in this case for violating section 39 of Wildlife Protection Act and sentenced him to three years rigorous imprisonment and ₹ 10,000 fine.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Persons caught with parakeets convicted

100 parakeets were seized and two arrested in January 2017 by a joint team of Wildlife enforcement team of Govt. of NCT of Delhi and Wildlife Crime Control Bureau. After the trial, court had convicted the accused and sentenced them with punishment till the rising of Court and both convicts are also directed to pay a fine of Rs. 7,500/- each for the offence U/s 51 of the Act.

1 rhino killed in Kaziranga, two more in north Bengal

Poachers were shot dead a rhinoceros and removed its horn in Kaziranga, in an another case bodies of two rhinos killed by poachers were exhumed in Gorumara National Park, North Bengal.


Poacher died in police action in Rajasthan

A 40-year-old man was killed and eight policemen were injured in Nagaur district of Rajasthan when members of a nomadic tribe attacked a police party which had gone to arrest him for allegedly poaching of wild animals.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Two persons from Haryana caught with leopard skins convicted in Delhi

In December 2003 Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had arrested two persons from Panipat district of Haryana with two leopard skins and few fake skins in Delhi. After the long trial two accused were now convicted. Court ordered that "The leopard skin is specified in schedule I of the Act and thus the accused have contravened the provisions of Section 49 of the Act. However no evidence had been led on record to show that they were dealing in leopard skins. Therefore, no offence is made out U/s 49B(1) of the Act against accused persons. Accordingly, both the accused are held guilty and are convicted for the offence U/s 49 punishable U/s 51 of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972.

Now, radio collar of missing tiger Jai’s son falls off

Maharashtra Forest officials and wildlife lovers pressed the panic button after the radio collar of tiger Shriniwas, son of missing iconic tiger Jai, was found in Nagbhid forest range. Exactly a year ago, a radio-collared Jai had went missing and officials are finding difficult to explain what happened to him.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Three persons convicted for trading leopard skin in Delhi

In July 2010 Special Cell of Delhi Police arrested three persons with a leopard skin, after the trial a court in Delhi had found guilty in accused. Court states that "Parliament, in bringing a new legislation for protection of wild life was inspired by the urge to preserve what little is left of wild life. Rapid decline of India's animal wealth, one of the richest in the world once upon a time, would have caused concern not only to the Zoologists and Ornithologists but to all others who know the consequences of deforestation. Some of the rare species have already been wiped out of the earth and some others have reached danger mark predicting total extinction unless expeditious protective measures are adopted. Despite best efforts put in by the Government of almost all the countries across the globe, wild life offences are not coming down. Such case needs to be dealt with strictly to curb the wild life offences."

All three convict were sentenced to undergo simple imprisonment for three years and a fine of Rs. 10,000/- each for the offence u/s 49 of Wild Life (Protection) Act. Further sentenced to undergo simple imprisonment for three years and a fine of Rs. 10,000/- each for the offence u/s 49-B(1). Both the sentences shall run concurrently.

Bear gall bladders seized in Dehradun

Uttarakhand police arrested a person with 2 bear gall bladders in Dehradun on 17 April 2017.

Tiger poachers convicted in Maharashtra

In a tiger poaching case registered in Bhandra forest division on 2015, five poachers were convicted by court and sentenced to three years imprisonment.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Tiger killed a poacher in Uttar Pradesh

A group of poachers went inside the forest and poached a peacock were attacked by a tiger and one member of poaching group was killed in Lakhimpur Kheri district.

Tiger poachers arrested in Betul

Tiger poachers whom were shot and paralyzed a tiger few days back were arrested in Betul, Madhya Pradesh.

Suspected lion cub smuggling in Gujarat

Gujarat forest department launched a massive search operation in the Rajkot and other parts of Gir region following information that a lion cub was kidnapped from near Sasan.

Two elephant calves killed in train accident

Two elephant calves were killed in train accident near Haldi Road railway station, Udham Singh Nagar district of Uttarakhand.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Elephant dies after being hit by goods train in Odisha

A female elephant aged about four years was killed yesterday evening after being hit by a goods train near Pattasahi railway station under K. Balang police limits in Odisha’s Sundergarh district.

Forest guard convicted for accepting bribe

Special Judge, ACD Cases in Udaipur, Rajasthan had found guilty in a forest guard who accepted ₹1,100 as bribe in June 2005 and sentenced him to two years rigorous imprisonment and ₹10,000 fine.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Three years imprisonment for killing birds in tiger reserve

A court in Alwar, Rajasthan had convicted a person for killing birds in Sariska tiger reserve on July 2011 and sentenced him to three years imprisonment and ₹ 25,000 fine each for violating various sections of Wildlife Protection Act.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Killing of poacher: Police book forest official for murder

In Karnataka a forest officer who had won the ‘Best Wildlife Protector’ award from the Forest Department for 2013-14 for performing his duty diligently and honestly today stands accused of murder. Deputy Range Forest Officer Ravi of Doddaalahalli section, Sangam Range, Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary has been booked under IPC Sections 302 and 201 by the police for causing the death of an alleged poacher Gurumurthy on March 16.