Saturday, December 15, 2007

Woman caught with animal carcasses in Gir

Times of India, Ahmedabad.

Junagadh: The animals and birds of Gir forests in Gujarat, the habitat of Asiatic lions, have come under scanner due to widespread poaching by unscrupulous hunters. A woman was caught on Wednesday with meat of peacocks, partridge, kites, wild pig etc kept in captivity. She was also found holding a net, bows, arrows, knife, ball bearings, wooden saw, some wires used to hunt animals.

It was just a casual enquiry by forest guards on a lady moving suspiciously that unearthed the illegal poaching prevalent in Gir area. The forest officials are also on the hunt for other people poaching animals and birds in the guise of conducting ‘devi poojas’.

According to sources, Rani Bachu, a Devi worshipper was found moving suspiciously near Vij sub station of Ankolvadi village. The forest guard P G Apaarnath made casual enquiries and found her carrying meat of wild animals. He immediately reported the matter to higher authorities.


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