RAJKOT: Acting on a tip-off, officials of forest department's Gir east division raided a house in Jira village near Dhari in Amreli district and seized carcasses of a chinkara that was reportedly poached.
"We recovered the meat and skeleton of wild animals which looks like that of chinkara. However, the accused escaped from the spot. We have barricaded the area to nab them," Anshuman Sharma, deputy conservator of forests, Gir east division, told TOI.
"We have registered a case against unidentified persons under various sections of Wildlife Protection Act-1972," Sharma said.
Sources said that the department has identified the persons involved in this crime and teams have been formed to nab them. The incident occurred in Dalkhaniya forest range in Dhari.
Forest department officials suspect that accused may have killed the chinkara for a feast.
"We have received the information about the involvement of Devipujak gangs," a forest department official said.
The samples of the carcasses have been sent to forensic laboratory in Junagadh.
Forest department will also be investigating the number of chinkaras that have been poached by the accused till now.
In December last year, Bhavnagar police had arrested three persons including a minor boy in blackbuck poaching case. Four blackbucks were shot dead by the accused near Velavadar National Park.