By Ankit Yadav
BAREILLY: Following various reports of poaching gangs operating in the Rohilkhand region, forest officials finally managed to nab one poacher on Wednesday from Pardholi village under CB Ganj locality. However, his six accomplices managed to escape.
The gang had reportedly killed a nilgai in the region and its members were distributing the meat amongst themselves, when the team of forest officials raided the place. They managed to nab Babu Khan, resident of Ambar Pur village, while the others escaped.
The forest officials have sent the animal's body for postmortem to the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) and have registered a case against the seven poachers. The report is awaited.
According to reports, a village local informed the forest officials after some residents spotted some suspicious people in the fields adjoining the village. The forest department acted quickly and reached the spot.
"We saw some suspicious people in fields adjoining to village where they were trying to trap a blue bull. Fearing poachers who were armed with country made guns and pistols we returned to our homes," said a village resident on the condition of anonymity.
However, by the time the officials arrived, the animal had already been killed. The team, headed by forest ranger OP Singh, opened fired at the poachers and managed to seize one. The team also recovered the trap, a knife and a country made gun from the spot.
During interrogation, the accused Khan revealed the identities of his colleagues as Nizamuddin, Tahir, Kallu, Talib, Nanhe and Asar Ahmed, all resident of Bhojipur Tehsil.
Confirming reports, forest ranger OP Singh said, "A case has been registered under section 9 (hunting or intent to hunt) and 51 (Penalties) of wild life protection act 1972 against all seven poachers under CB Ganj Police station."