Sunday 7 May 2017

ARTICLE: The Big Fight of Big Cats: Fight for Space in Indian Reserves

Tiger poaching has again been detected in the Uttarakhand forests of North India driving the Forest Minister Harak Singh Rawat to order an inquiry, writes Priyanka Bhardwaj.

The matter pertains to the seizure of five tiger skins and 130 kg tiger bones belonging to Corbett Tiger Reserve in March last year.

Initially the Minister instituted tiger monitoring to be conducted by the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) to verify all about tigers gone missing or killed in more than one year.

The member of the State Wildlife Board, Rajiv Mehta came out with a report in which all fingers pointed to the neglect of top wildlife officials and also the involvement of Chief Wildlife Warden D.V.S. Khati, the then Corbett director Samir Sinha and head of anti-poaching cell Dhananjai Mohan – and demanded transfer of these officials for an impartial probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation.


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