Zoo authorities informed vigilance and security department of Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) on Thursday after they noticed the owl missing from the cage. It is suspected the owl was stolen by someone, in all likelihood for tantric rituals, on Wednesday night.
Three teams — one each of special operations group (SOG), crime branch and Aji Dam police station — have been formed to separately investigate the matter. The vigilance department of RMC insisted that zoo authorities lodge an FIR as it was a case of negligence.
Police commissioner Anupam Singh Gehlot told TOI that all the three teams will probe the owl's disappearance separately. An offence was registered under the Wildlife Protection Act and the forest department has also joined the probe.