By Mithosh Joseph
The Forest Department and the rural police will tighten surveillance to prevent poaching and the use of unlicensed, country-made, and imported guns by hunting-gangs.
The decision comes in the wake of the recent seizure of an imported gun and ammunition from a poacher by the Balussery police.
Senior Forest officials said night patrolling would be intensified in all ‘suspected locations.’ More guards would be posted at places where local residents had come up with complaints. Forest officials said they were yet to receive any written complaint from individuals or organisations.
Police officers who arrested the poacher said they were on the lookout for people who possessed unlicensed weapons. Forest officials said wild boars were the main targets of poachers and they used both licensed and unlicensed weapons.
“Madathilkandi Shaji, a poachers who was recently arrested by our team had already given us reliable information. We will concentrate more on gangs exploiting forest resources,” sub-inspector, Balussery, N. Sunilkumar said. Flash searches would be conducted to detect unlawful possession of arms. Recent searches at certain locations had yielded not results, he said.
Forest officials said poaching was on the decline in the district. The number of people arrested in connection with such cases was very low as a result of heightened vigil, they said.
The department would do more focussed work in the wake of recent incidents, arrests, and complaints, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) R. Adalarasan said. “Directions will be issued to the patrolling teams to step up the vigil and increase the number of rounds,” he said. More....