By P. Naveen
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh forest officials on Monday arrested three poachers and recovered the radio collar that was ripped off a tigress after electrocuting it to death outside Bandhavgarh National Park (BNP) in Umeria district on May 26.
Those arrested were identified as Kishori Baiga, Indrapal Yadav and Vijay Yadav — trio residents of Umeria district, said sources.
"Radio collar was axed to pieces and buried 1km from the spot where tigress was killed. It has been recovered," BNP field director Murli Krishnan told TOI. They are being interrogated for more details.
Carcass of the tigress - BT2 was found by a patrolling squad near Khitoli range at around 8am on May 27. Its tooth was missing and the radio collar around its neck ripped off. The four-year-old tigress was an orphaned tiger and had been raised in a semi-wild condition in an enclosure in the national park. It had been released into the wild about five months ago.