A blackbuck was shot dead by poachers in Sriganganagar's Muklava police station area on Thursday. Following the incident, members of Bishnoi community of the area staged demonstrations and alleged that several incidents of blackbuck poaching have been reported in the area in the recent past. They complained that the police and forest department have not been able to stop the poachers and such incidents from occurring.
The carcass of a blackbuck was found in 5 TK village near Muklava town on Thursday morning. The villagers informed the forest department officials. They alleged that a team reached the spot almost six hours after being informed.
The forest department's team found a bullet injury on the animal's leg. A bullet was also recovered from the spot. The post-mortem of the carcass was conducted.
"We have registered an FIR against unidentified poachers under various sections of the Wildlife Protection Act. Further investigation is on," said the officers.
The villagers handed over a memorandum addressed to chief minister Ashok Gehlot in which they demanded that efforts should be made to stop the poaching of blackbucks in the area immediately.