By P Naveen
A section of Pardhis from Madhya Pradesh have yet proved to be the biggest threat to wild life; particularly the big cat population in India. Very recently they are reported to have smuggled half a dozen tiger hides to an international syndicate from their base in Katni district. And all this while wild life officials, busy pitching for lions from Girin Gujarat to the state, appeared blissfully ignorant.
The poaching racket headquartered at Katni was busted on Sunday with the arrest of three Pardhis by a crime branch team of Maharashtra police from Nagpur. The arrests were made from a village in Nagpur on specific inputs from an organisation working for wildlife.
The accused Chikaalias Krishna, Badlualias Mangruand Shiri - all residents of Katni's Sagoni village - have confessed to selling five tiger hides so far to a Haryana-based trader. The deal was worth Rs 20 lakh for three tiger hides, said sources.
One of the tiger, they said, was poached from Mandla district. However, no tiger hides have been confiscated so far.
Now, the forest officials in four states - Maharashtra, Karnataka, Haryanaand Uttar Pradesh - are on the lookout for 30 more Pardhis, from two villages (Sagoniand Billhari) in Katni district. Pardhi families from Katni disappeared from these two villages a day before the trio were arrested, said sources, adding that the information got leaked. More....