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Alwar village raided for information on missing Sariska tigress

One person has been taken into custody.

jaipur Updated: Jul 13, 2018 22:25 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Alwar
Tigers in Sariska. A tigress, ST5, had gone missing in February. (HT File Photo)

Forest officials of Sariska Tiger Reserve raided Khareta village and took one person in custody. The forest officials have been searching for a missing tigress, ST5, since February and the raid was part of the search operations.

Forest officials are still searching for the remains of the tigress in wells and water bodies in Khareta and Jaisinghpura.

Chief conservator of forest and field director Sariska Tiger Reserve (STR) Govind Sagar Bhardwaj said that after getting information, the forest officials raided Khareta village near Zindoli and took Chabbe Singh alias Chaggi in their custody. During questioning, he accepted that he had poached a wild boar.

Forest officials are camping in Khareta and Jaisinghpura villages and searching for the remains of tigress ST5.

After getting information a three-member team, comprising forest officials from Alwar buffer and Akbarpur forest range, was formed for the raid.

After ST5 went missing, a male tiger ST11 was poached in Indiok forest area on March 19. Forest officials looking for the missing tigress claimed that they were getting signals from ST5’s collar at specific times.

A team from the Wild Life Institute of India (WII) also claimed that the signals were from ST5. However, later they claimed that signals were from the collar of ST13 and not ST5. When they were told that ST13’s territory is not in the area, the WII team said that they will submit a final report in three days after reaching the institute. But no report has been received so far.

The then deputy conservator of STR Balaji Kari has found negligence on part of range officials for the poaching of ST11. After the poaching, he was asked to submit a report.

In his report, Kari said that the assistant conservator of forest Surendra Singh Dhakad, ranger Gajanfari Zedi and beat guard Shambhu Dayal did not patrol daily. In the villages nearby, patrolling on foot is a necessity. If they had been alert, STR would not have lost ST11, he said.

First Published: Jul 13, 2018 22:25 IST