Big cat lovers took out a candlelight vigil in front of MP forest minister Gaurishankar Shejwar’s residence at Char Imli in Bhopal on Monday evening to protest against the alleged poaching of a six-month-old tiger cub at Bandhavgarh national park.
On Sunday morning body of a male cub was recovered from a private farm owned by deputy assembly speaker Rajendra Singh adjacent to the national park. Expressing concern over the rising poaching cases, the protesters demanded a CBI inquiry into the matter.
The protesters, led by wildlife activist Ajay Dubey, met the forest minister with a list of demands.
"We told the minister that we want a CBI inquiry into the incident and removal of the field director of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve. We have also asked him to fix accountability for such killings," Dubey said. "He has assured us that he will look into our demands."
The wildlife activist said over the years tiger population in Bandhavgarh had come down. "In February last year a male tiger was killed in Bandhavgarh, followed by the death of a radio-collared big cat," he said.
"This time we want all the people responsible for the death of this tiger cub to be booked," said a protester Aishwarya Pandey.