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Tiger skin seized in Nepal came from Corbett, says NGO

Claiming that a tiger skin seized in Nepal in December 2015 was from Corbett, a non- government organisation has demanded forest minister Harak Singh Rawat to order probe into the matter

dehradun Updated: Jun 08, 2017 20:04 IST
Nihi Sharma
A tiger at Corbett Tiger Reserve in Ramnagar.
A tiger at Corbett Tiger Reserve in Ramnagar.(HT Photo)

Claiming that a tiger skin seized in Nepal in December 2015 was from Corbett, a non- government organisation has demanded forest minister Harak Singh Rawat to order probe into the matter.

Operation Eye of The Tiger-India has sought the tiger skin’s stripes be matched with the tiger database of Wildlife Institute of India.

In a letter dated June 6, a copy of which is with Hindustan Times, the NGO’s chief functionary Rajeev Mehta requested Rawat to order an enquiry. Two men from the Bawariya community, Ram Dayal and Raju of Haryana, were arrested with the tiger skin at Itahari in Nepal’s Sunsari district, he said.

The duo are from the same Bawariya gang of whose another member, Ram Chander of Bhatinda, was arrested with five tiger skins on March 14 from Shyampur in Haridwar, he said.

“The accused arrested in Nepal and in Shyampur belong to the same group. After the tiger skin was seized in Nepal, five skins were confiscated in Uttarakhand. I have arranged pictures of the tiger skin seized in Nepal and I had sought assistance from Wildlife Institute of India for matching stripes. But they are not supporting me,” Mehta told HT.

He met chief secretary S Ramaswamy on Thursday who assured him of a probe.

“There has been no communication by the Nepal government regarding the details of the tiger skins seized there. The police is investigating the case. A probe was already ordered by the forest minister. We’ll write to the principal chief conservator of forest (PCCF) to expedite investigation,” secretary, forest, Arvind Singh Hyankit told HT.

On April 19, Rawat ordered a probe into the confiscation of five tiger skins and directed PCCF RK Mahajan to take over the case. He constituted a committee of three senior forest officers. The committee was to submit its report within a month, but was yet to do it, sources in the forest department said.

Rawat couldn’t be contacted as he was busy at the budget session. Corbett director Surendra Mehra refused to comment, saying that he was not the park director in 2015.