By M.B. Maramkal
MYSORE: CID dy S P, T K Dharmesh who was arrested by Bandipur Tiger sanctuary officials for allegedly poaching a spotted deer on last Thursday night 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 officials 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 police official 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 dy S P with CID has been arrested by the wild life officials and he has been 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 dy 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 Naxal gang 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 naxal operations.
But H C Kantharaju terming Dharmesh's defense claims on he venturing into forest to gather information on naxals as "alibi" said who is he to enter tiger project area . " If he is on duty he has to seek permission and take forest guards and officials as navigators inside the forest and he has no powers to enter into forest on his own" he said , adding that Dharmesh being a CID officer has no duty to go in search of naxals." We are not trained to deal with naxals and naxal task force police will have to deal with the naxals" he said adding that all the allegations are false and baseless.
Meanwhile, Kantharaju disclosed that they are investigating the antecedents of the other five arrested persons as there is suspicion about they being involved in forest offences in the past too. " Our officials will seek Dharmesh's custody for further interrogation after his shifting to jail" he claimed and said the forest department has strong evidence to suggest Dharmesh has committed the crime. "Forest officials will investigate and charge sheet him for the offenses committed under the provisions of wild life act where as the offense committed by him under the provisions of arms act will be investigated by the police" he said .