Nagpur : The state forest department on Saturday arrested a cattle grazier, who is also the owner of an agriculture land where a tigress and its two cubs were found dead near the famous Umred-Paoni Karhandala Wildlife Sanctuary, on Friday.
According to the state wildlife wing, the carcasses of the tigress and two of her cubs were found in the forest compartment number 1415 of Karhandala beat in Umred range on Friday, and that of the third cub on Saturday morning and the half-eaten body of a cow was lying nearby.
The chief conservator of forest and field director of Pench National Park, Ravikiran Govekar informed that based on the intelligence inputs, one Diwakar Nagekar of Nagegaon (Sadhu) village, was taken into custody in this regard.
Ramdas Nimbekar, the Range Forest Officer of the region and the investigating officer of the case, informed that the arrested person, Diwakar Nagekar, is also the owner of nearby farmland where the carcases were found. During the interrogation, Nagekar confessed to the poisoning of the cattle carcass to kill the wildlife.
The accused, who used to be an illegal grazier in the periphery of the sanctuary, admitted that he sprinkled an insecticide on the carcass out of revenge. All the incriminating material including insecticide etc. have been seized from his possession. The accused was produced before the JMFC Umred, who has given one day of forest custody to him for further investigation.
The 5–6-year-old tigress had reportedly travelled to Umred-Paoni Karhandala sanctuary from Tadoba tiger sanctuary, probably for mating, a couple of years ago. It gave the births to three cubs a few months ago and the tigress and its three cubs were the centre of attraction for tourists.
The post mortem of all the carcasses were carried out on Saturday as per the National Tiger Conservation Authority norms in presence of the team constituting NTCA officials, and other senior forest and representatives of state wildlife wing.