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Professor held to sale wildlife skin

india Updated: Aug 30, 2009 21:59 IST
Pradip Kumar Maitra
Pradip Kumar Maitra
Hindustan Times
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The city police arrested two persons, including a college teacher, for allegedly possessing and selling a deer skin in Nagpur on Sunday evening.

They were held by a group of police personnel while selling the skin. “Both are from Gadchiroli and have come here on Saturday at Nagpur for a deal to sale the skin. The skin belonged to around eight-month old deer that might have killed by poachers, a few days back,” informed Sanjay Thakur, the investigation officer of Dhantoli police station.

The local police received a tip off this morning that two people from Gadchiroli were trying to sell a wildlife skin. Posing as buyer, one police personnel approached Rajerndra and finalized the deal.

The duo offered to sell the skin for Rs 30,000. After getting a signal from its own staff, the Dhantoli police raided the place, where the duo were staying, near Yashwant Stadium and recovered the skin.

One of the accused, Rajendra Ganapat Borkar (38) teaches Marathi at Saibaba College at Gadchiroli. He is also doing his PhD on “Theatre movement among people, who live in jungles.”

The city police suspected that both the accused are involved in this “business” for a long time. “We are interrogating them and expecting more details about it,” Thakur said.

Meanwhile, the forest department arrested eight villagers for killing a Sambar at Chatgaon in Gadchiroli district on Sunday. “All the accused were taken to forest custody and would be produced before the court on Monday,” informs RS Yadav, the conservator of Forests (CF), North-Chanda.