The Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) Jaipur unit has arrested two poachers responsible for the killing of eight tigers and 13 panthers in Rajasthan’s Sariska Tiger Reserve since 2005.
Jeevan Das and Surta were arrested from a village in Mansa district of Punjab.
“One is responsible for killing seven tigers and six panthers, while the other is responsible for killing of one tiger and seven panthers in Sariska Tiger Reserve,” a CBI officer said.
The duo, according to the CBI, was linked to a poaching syndicate allegedly run by Delhi’s Sansar Chand
“The two accused also sold animal derivatives specially skin of tigers and panthers to a gang based at Samalakha near Sonipat in Haryana, which were ultimately sold to Sansar Chand of Delhi,” a CBI officer, who requested anonymity, said.
“Their involvement in other cases pertaining to wild life (poaching) is being ascertained from the concerned state authorities," he added.
A large number of cases are pending against them under the Wile Life Protection Act in Alwar, Rajgad and Munsif court at Thana Gaji in Rajasthan.