Forest officials, police chalk out plans to halt poaching

The Pioneer , Thursday, August 25, 2005
Correspondent : Staff Reporter
The Forest department and State police officials chalked out a strategy to fight against the criminals involved in the killing animals. The issues of decreasing number of tigers and bringing Sansar Chand to Madhya Pradesh on production warrant were also discussed in the meeting of Tiger cell held here on Wednesday.

Additional DG (CID) Vijay Raman and IG MP Dwivedi from State police and PCCF (Wildlife) PB Gangopadhyay and other Forest officials were present at the meeting.

According to sources, the officials chalked out a plan as how to tackle the newly coined method to damage wildlife and killing of animals by spreading electric current in the national parks and sanctuaries.

There have been several instances in the protected areas in recent past, which were cause of concern. For the purpose, Gram Raksha Samitis and Van Suraksha Samitis would work in coordination with the MPSEB to tackle such cases, sources added.

The police officers informed that all the cases registered against Sansar Chand, have already been handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). If CBI wants, the police may further investigate the cases by bringing him to State, officials added.

IG Mr Dwivedi while talking to The Pioneer said that decision for conducting regular meetings of district-level units of Tiger cells was also taken in the meeting. The cells were already functioning, but there was no process of regular meetings, he added.

SOURCE : The Pioneer, Thursday, August 25, 2005

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