Jaipur, Jan 28: Three poachers were Saturday arrested and body remains of at least five chinkaras (Indian gazelle) recovered from them in Rajastan’s Barmer district, police said.
Two of the poachers managed to give the slip to the police.
According to police, the remains of five chinkaras, a protected animal under wildlife laws, were recovered from a village near Dhorimanna town in Barmer, some 550 km from Jaipur.
“We got a tip-off that some people were poaching chinkaras in a forest area here. A police team was immediately rushed to the place. On suspicion, a car was intercepted and searched,” a police officer told IANS.
“We recovered hides of four chinkaras and the body of one chinkara from the car. When the vehicle was being searched, two men managed to flee, while three others were taken into custody,” said the officer.
Those arrested have been identified as Shamura Ram, Reshma Ram and Mohammad Khan.
“During interrogation, it has come up that these men are professional poachers and are part of a big racket. They have booked under various sections of the Wildlife Protection Act. Further investigation is on,” said the officer.