Chhattisgarh sets up panel to probe tigress killing

Raipur, Nov 18: The Chhattisgarh government has set up a committee to probe the killing of a tigress in a sanctuary earlier this week, a forest official said Friday.

The four-member team, headed by chief conservator of forests Pratap Singh, will make a detailed probe into the death of a six-year-old tigress which was found with bullet injuries and its claws and other parts missing at Bhoramdev sanctuary in Kawardha district, about 200 km from here.

Sources at the forest department headquarters here said the tigress was either shot dead or killed by a sharp-edged weapon probably by poachers who took away its claws and other vital organs.

The state government has also suspended a forest ranger, Manas Roy, posted in Kawardha district, holding him prima facie responsible for the killing.

The latest tigress killing has worried wildlife experts in the state as in September, a mob of villagers in the state’s Rajnandgaon district lynched a Royal Bengal tigress in the presence of forest officials.

IANS