Nagpur: Three tiger poachers of an inter-state gang were nabbed in a joint operation conducted by Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra Forest-men. The team seized tiger bones, antlers of deer, country-made rifles and other materials from them in MP and Maharashtra on Tuesday and Wednesday.
It is reliably learnt that on a tip-off by Wildlife Crime Control Board, MP Forestmen and STF from Jabalpur , arrested one Bhalchandra Barkade, a resident of Sitapur, Ramtek tehsil, near Khawasa and seized eight kg of tiger bones from him. During interrogation he confessed to have killed three tigers along with gang members and used to smuggle body parts of tigers. Barkade also disclosed two names of other accused – Roshan Uikey and Narpat Kodwate – both from Pindkapar.
The Forestmen laid a trap today and arrested both of them. They seized antlers of deer, rifles, bones of wild boars and materials used during poaching.
The Forestmen are searching for more persons in the case and making thorough investigation in this serious matter, reliable sources informed.