Sirothia led the STF (Wildlife) to arrest more than 100 people, busting one of the world's biggest poaching networks.
He was arrested from Kanpur by the STF of MP forest department's wildlife wing.The others convicted with Shamim are MP residents — Raghuveer alias Kalicharan, a listed criminal, Badrilal, Man Singh and Prehlad.
They also admitted to links with Shamim, say police.
Many of these big cats were killed in the jungles of MP and Maharashtra.
In 2001 UP police had seized a large consignment of tiger and leopard hides from his house, and in 2013, his brother Shakil was arrested with pangolin scales from Kanpur.
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