Kendrapara, june 28 (LocalWire): Forest officials arrested a poacher and seized 12 kilograms of spotted deer meat and the hide of the animal, ten traps and a sharp weapon from him today at village Patijora within Bhitarkanika national park in Kendrapara district.
‘Acting on a tip off, forest officials raided Patijora village and arrested Niranjan Mandal with the meat.
During interrogation, Mandal admitted to have killed a spotted deer along with Sambhu Sahoo and Ajaya Mudali within the park on Thursday night.
‘The poacher was booked under Sections 9, 27, 29 and 35 of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.
We are raiding the hideouts of other poachers who managed to flee from their village after the arrest of the poacher,’ said Bijay Kumar Patra, the forest officer of the park.
On Friday, mandal was produced in the court of Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) at Rajnagar. The court rejected his bail application and remanded him in jail custody.
The deer often stray outside the park and fall prey to poachers,’ said, Hemant Rout, an environmentalist and the secretary of Gahiramatha Marine Turtle and Mangrove Conservation Society of Rajnagar.
Around 450 poachers were arrested in the last two decades on charges of killing around 250 spotted deer, several birds and ten crocodiles.
Despite the high incidence of poaching of spotted deer, the arrested poachers are not convicted due to slipshod attitudes of the forest officials and other agencies to conduct the cases.
Around 80 poaching cases are still pending in the court.
The delay in the trial is the main reason behind the acquittal of many poachers, added Rout.