In a daring operation involving several vehicles and a daylight chase and ambush through the streets of Delhi NCR Gurgoan area, notorious poacher BHEEMA BAWARIA was arrested red handed with a tiger skin, tiger bones (an entire skeleton), two live turtles and ivory. This was a joint operation conducted by NGO Wildlife SOS, NTCA, Haryana Forest Department, CBI, WCCB and Haryana Police.
According to information from (NTCA) National Tiger Conservation Authority, Bheema Bawaria was earlier arrested in 2009 with a tiger skeleton in Gurgaon and has been absconding since. He is a repeat offender and has been arrested in several wildlife crime cases over the years linking him to the big names in wildlife crime like Sansar Chand who is now in a Rajasthan jail.
Several enforcement agencies like the NTCA, CBI, WCCB, Haryana Forest department and the Police have been on the lookout for this man for years. The anti poaching and surveillance wing of Wildlife SOS has been on the trail of Bheema Bawaria and kept him under constant surveillance for over 18 months to confirm his whereabouts, contacts and trade linkages.
“Being a repeat offender and a frequent visitor to jail has made him a hardened wildlife criminal. Jail and imprisonment is no longer a disincentive for wildlife criminals like Bheema. His increasing confidence of being able to get out on bail and go back to killing tigers makes him a very dangerous criminal. It is critically important to confirm the international linkages and routes he was using and get to the bottom of his network and neutralize such gangs” said Kartick Satyanarayan, co founder and chairman of Wildlife SOS who led the operation against Bheema. More....