In a major breakthrough, one of the wanted accused in the Asiatic Lion poaching case of 2007, Sarfaraz Qureshi, was arrested in Fatehpur, Allahabad of Uttar Pradesh by a Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) team on Sunday.
A total of 18 people have been arrested for poaching of eight Asiatic Lions at three different sites in and around the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary in 2007. The carcasses of lions were found at different places, including Babariya Range in the Gir Sanctuary and Bhunduriya village of Bhavnagar district.
However, three main accused including Sarfaraz had been absconding for past 10 years. The other two are Shabir Qureshi and Mohammad Ayub Qureshi.
On Friday while investigating the case, Gujarat ATS officials got specific information that Sarfaraz was seen in Fatehpur of Allahabad area where he was staying in a rented house.
Acting on it, a team was immediately sent to the location and the accused nabbed on Sunday. During interrogation, he revealed that Shabir was his father and he died in 2012. ATS is on a lookout for the third absconding accused Mohammad Ayub Qureshi. Officials said Sarfaraz's interrogation will help them track him down. Further investigation regarding the case is on.
- A total of 18 people have been arrested for poaching of eight Asiatic Lions at three different sites in and around the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary in 2007.