Gir poaching: DNA test of lions to nail culprits

The Indian Express , Monday, April 23, 2007
Correspondent : Vikram Rautela
Ahmedabad, April 22: Unable to get any major breakthrough in the recent poaching case in the Gir sanctuary for over a month, investigating agencies now want the DNA of lions to reveal the truth about their killing. In what will probably be the first ever instance of its kind in India, the Directorate of Forensic Science (DFS) at Gandhinagar here will use DNA fingerprinting techniques on the remains of Asiatic lions that have been seized by the police. This is to help the police in their ongoing investigations.

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Investigating officer of the CID (crime) on Saturday sent blood stained clothes, spears and knives, along with the lions’ body remains — those recovered from the sanctuary as well as those seized from the persons detained in the case — for forensic examination at the DFS.

“The aim is to scientifically establish that blood stains and remains seized in the case, are of Asiatic lions and also to find out if the remains seized from the accused belong to the same lions that have been killed for poaching so far,” a CID officer said.

SOURCE : The Indian Express, Monday, April 23, 2007

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