FOREST OFFICIALS nabbed three poachers, including a woman, when the culprits were cooking the meat of an Indian Gazelle (Chinkara) they killed in the forests of Silwani area in Raisen district, in the wee hours of Thursday.
However, two more culprits managed to escape from the spot. According to information received from the Forest Department, the incident occurred in Western Silwani’s Pratapgarh Beat under the Bhopal Forest Division.
The forest guards were tipped off that five poachers had killed an antelope and were cooking its meat inside their huts in the fields.
Acting on the information, a forest team raided the spot and nabbed three poachers — Gaya Prasad Pardhi, Bhagwandas Pardhi and Samro Bai. The team recovered the skin of the Indian Gazelle, its meat and a bloodstained axe from the spot. The team seized utensils too, in which the antelopee’s meat was being cooked.
Meanwhile, two more poachers managed to give the slip to the forest team taking advantage of the darkness. Forest staff has been alerted and a hunt has been launched to nab the absconding poachers.
Meanwhile, the arrested poachers have been booked under relevant sections of the Forest Act and further investigations are on.