By Rhishja Cota-Larson
Authorities in India have rounded up a total of ten people in connection with killing tigers in two separate incidents. In Bhopal, seven people were arrested and charged with electrocuting a tiger in the Veerpur range. The accused claimed the electric wire was intended for “an herbivore” and that they had killed the tiger accidentally, then tried to hide the body by chopping it into pieces small enough to carry.
The Times of India reports that Bhagwan Singh Bhel, Bhaina Bhel, Kare Singh Bhel, Mor Singh Bhel, Kamal Bhel, Jagdia Bhel and Naval Singh were remanded to judicial custody until at least June 26th, and could ultimately face ten years in prison.
The four-year-old tiger was thought to have come from the Ratapani Wildlife Sanctuary in Raisen.
In Corbett National Park, the Uttarakhand Forest Department and the Special Task Force (STF) nabbed three suspected tiger killers and confiscated their steel traps. However, five suspects are still at large.
NDTV identified the trio as Ramesh Bagdi, Giniya Bagdi and Tarachand Bagdi — members of the “Bagdi” gang and known for their “skill at wildlife poaching”.
During the last two weeks, six tigers have been killed in Corbett National Park.