Police wait for FSL, DNA reports in Gir poaching

The Indian Express , Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Correspondent : Hiral Dave
RAJKOT, APRIL 10 : Days after several people arrested in connection with the Gir poaching incident were paraded before Chief Minister Narendra Modi, investigating agencies are yet to make a breakthrough.

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The police and CID lacked evidence to register a poaching case in connection with the killing of six lions at Gir National Park.

Two men and 15 women were arrested by the Junagadh police from Machundri riverbed in Una on Friday. The accused were booked under IPC section 41(1) and 135 for suspicious movement and possession of weapons, respectively. During interrogation, the accused pleaded innocence. Police feel the poachers were backed by an organised gang.

The agencies are now waiting for the FSL and DNA reports to make a headway in the case.

Meanwhile, Una police seized goods worth Rs 1.29 lakh from the accused as three men fled. The seizure includes knives, hide and bones of some animal, four cell phones, utensils and even flour. The police also claimed to make a major breakthrough following the recovery of two claws.

They are still to establish any link between the recovered claws and the two poaching incidents.

“Only FSL report can tell if the recovered claws have any connection with the March 3 and March 30 cases,” said a police official.

SOURCE : The Indian Express, Wednesday, April 11, 2007

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