By M.B. Maramkal
MYSORE: Deputy superintendent of police T K Dharmesh, who was arrested by Bandipur Tiger sanctuary officials for allegedly poaching in Bandipur National Park, was remanded to judicial custody till February 15.
However, the court permitted the police official to remain and get treatment at the hospital till Monday before being shifted to Mysore central jail.
Other 5 persons who were arrested with the police official on charge of assisting and involving in killing the deer were also remanded to judicial custody and sent to Mysore central jail.
Meanwhile, tiger sanctuary officials who have charged the Dharmesh of poaching the deer have sent a report to state DGP and IGP and DGP CID on the involvement of police official in the crime.
"We have sent a report on the involvement of Dharmesh, saying that arrested Dharmesh identified as deputy SP with CID, has been arrested by the wildlife officials and remanded to judicial custody," a source in the forest department disclosed, adding that it is the police higher ups who have to take the call and suspend the deputy S P. "Our duty is over and we have informed the police on the case and it is the police which has to initiate disciplinary action against Dharmesh," the source added.
On the other hand, arrested official speaking to reporters from the hospital bed said he had been to forest to find out the authenticity of information he has received on the presence of Maoists in the concerned forest area.
"There is no need for me to trespass forest area and there is conspiracy behind my arrest," he claimed, adding that forest officials are irked by his suggestions on Maoists' operations.