5, including JFM Committee chief, held for selling tiger body parts
   Date :25-Nov-2021

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 Forest team with the accused arrested for selling tiger canines, bones and claws.    ( right ) Body parts of the tiger seized by Forest Department.
Staff Reporter :
Forest team from South Umrer Forest Range that comes under Nagpur Forest Division arrested three accused, who were about to sell tiger canines, bones and claws, near Umrer Bus Stand on Tuesday afternoon. The team also seized tiger body parts from them. On the basis of a tip-off about a few persons trying to sell body parts of tiger near bus stand, the forest team laid a trap and arrested the three accused. The accused are Tarachand Mahadeo Neware (41), a resident of Khadkala; Dinesh Kawtu Kumbhle (30), a resident of Wadhona; Ajay Rajuji Bhanarkar (24), a resident of Wadhona; Premchand Waghade (50), a resident of Sonpur-Tukum, Palasgaon; and Raju Kulmethe (38), a resident of Khadkala. All accused are from Chandrapur district.
One of the accused Raju Kulmethe is the President of Joint Forest Management (JFM) Committee and another accused Tarachand Neware, is member of Preliminary Response Team. While interrogation, the three accused confessed the crime and also provided details about involvement of two more persons. With the help of Cyber Cell, Melghat, the forest team last arrested two more accused. Narendra Chandewar, Assistant Conservator of Forest said that there could be some more suspects in the case and the team was investigating in this regard. The team seized 6 tiger canines, 15 bones and 19 claws from the accused.
Further enquiry revealed that the body parts of the tiger belonged to one that was electrocuted in a field at Sonpur-Tukum in September 2021 in Talodhi/Balapur range under Brahmapuri Forest Division. The raid was conducted under the guidance of P Kalyankar, Chief Conservator of Forest, and Dr Bharat Singh Hada, Deputy Conservator of Forest, Nagpur, by Chandewar, Komal Gajre, Range Forest Officer, South Umrer, Chaugule, Agale, Bhise, Komple, Narwas, Pendam, Shriram and others.