AN INCIDENT of shooting a Neelgai has come to light and following Forest Minister Prakash Sonkar?s intervention four people have been arrested in this connection.india Updated: Jan 15, 2006 20:37 IST
AN INCIDENT of shooting a Neelgai has come to light and following Forest Minister Prakash Sonkar’s intervention four people have been arrested in this connection.
According to sources, the incident of shooting occurred in the wild stretch near village Rateria, Betma during the night of December 30 - January 1. Some villagers who heard shots being fired near their fields phoned the police in the morning who found an injured Neelgai with a bullet wound. The injured animal and the case were turned over by the police to the forest officials for enquiry.
The forest officials treated the Neelgai and handed it over to the Indore Zoo doctors where it died due it injury. The case was handed over to Range Officer Mukesh Rathore and Deputy Ranger Subhash Sakalle for investigation.
Investigations revealed that three locals and three outsiders were involved in the shooting. The arrest of the three villagers and their subsequent interrogation revealed the name of the three main accused as Haji Manzur, Nazim and Liyakat. They also revealed that the accused had used an old model of the open Willis Army jeep and .22, .315 and 12 bore guns for shooting.
District Forest Officer (DFO) OP Chaudhary told Hindustan Times that one of these accused had been arrested, while those on the run had sent word that they wished to surrender. The arrested was presented in court from where he was given bail.
Forest officials said that they could only seize the jeep used and not the guns. Chaudhary maintained that as no bullet was recovered from the wound it was difficult to ascertain, which weapon was used to hunt.
The investigating officers said that the police had sent the animal to the Ralamandal forest officers and its subsequent death report had been sent directly by them to the divisional office. They refused to comment more on the same saying investigations were still on.