Nagpur: Four persons have been arrested by Butibori range forest officials for allegedly poaching a spotted deer in Thana (Padri) village on Wednesday evening.
The accused have been identified as Ramesh Lokhande, Deepak Tupe, Vishal Kamble and Rajat Thengre, all residents of Thana (Padri). The quartet had laid wire traps to kill the animals.
Acting on a tip-off that accused persons were distributing meat in a hut after killing a deer, Chargaon round officer DT Choudhary, forest guards RP Dhondge, SM Karale, PV Ghugal, and others reached the spot and caught them red-handed.
The staff seized 11 pieces of deer meat and bones around 21kg. The staff also seized deer skin, bloodstained axe, knives, polythene bags, a motorbike, three mobiles and 11 wire traps.
According to forest officials, all the accused have admitted that they poached the deer by laying wire traps in a nullah near the village.
The accused, who were produced before judicial magistrate first class (JMFC), Umred, on Thursday, have been remanded to magisterial custody (MCR) till April 9.