Man held for hunting wild cat inside Sorakolathur reserve forest

A case was registered under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, and Santhosh was arrested and remanded in judicial custody in Tiruvannamalai Sub-jail for 15 days. Further probe is on.

Published: 29th June 2022 01:55 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th June 2022 01:55 AM   |  A+A-

Image used for representational purpose only. (File Photo)

Image used for representational purpose only. (File Photo)

By Express News Service

THIRUVANNAMALAI: The forest department on Tuesday arrested a man for allegedly hunting a wild cat and slapped a fine of `15,000 each against two others who helped him. The accused was identified as A Santhosh (30) from Kondam village.

Based on a tip-off about suspicious activity inside the Sorakolathur reserve forest, a team led by Tiruvannamalai forest range officer P Srinivasan conducted a search in the area around 2.00 am on Tuesday.

Near Reddiarpalayam lake, an area inside the forest that is frequented by wild animals, the team spotted a gang that illegally entered the trespassed area. They zeroed in on the gang and nabbed Santhosh. But R Chinnasamy (34), who hunted with Santhosh, managed to flee. The team seized the carcass of the wild cat, an unlicensed country-made gun, and a two-wheeler from the spot. After hunting the wild cat, the gang was preparing to hunt a deer, a forest official said. Two others from Kazhikkulam village — Jaishankar and Ravi — were fined for accommodating the hunters at their place.

A case was registered under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, and Santhosh was arrested and remanded in judicial custody in Tiruvannamalai Sub-jail for 15 days. Further probe is on.

Forest range officer Srinivasan told TNIE, “The action was taken as per the instructions of District Forest Officer PG Arunlal and Conservator of Forest D Sujatha.”



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp