Three villagers have been arrested in connection with a tiger’s death near the Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary in Maharashtra.
According to sources, the incident came to light on Saturday, when the forest personnel, acting on a tip-off, picked up three persons and exhumed the carcass from the forest of Mangezari, 5 km from the Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary.
The sanctuary is located about 125 km east of Nagpur.
Few days ago, a tiger killed a cow near Mangezari. On the following day, when it started consuming the remains, it died because the carcass was poisoned.
The owner of the cow, Shalikram Ambedare, Dharmaraj Kirsan and Hanumant Pise allegedly mixed pesticide with the half-eaten cow.
All the vital body parts, like the skin, paws, nails, teeth of the tiger, are missing.
Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife, Vidarbha region) Nandkishore, said that all the three accused were in forest custody for interrogation.
Meanwhile, a male tiger was found dead at the Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand on Sunday. Officials said it was killed by another tiger. The tiger had injury marks on its body.