Electrical trap laid for wildboar killed tiger in Madhya Pradesh, 5 held

  • By TOI
  • | Thursday | 7th December, 2017

Burned wire, bamboo sticks, tiger hair and other objects used for poacing have been confiscated from their possession.Initial investigations revealed that poachers had laid the live wire to poach wild boars but a tiger got trapped.Accused also tried to dispose the carcass but in vein. It had asked states to prepare a proposal of insulating such transmission lines through the respective state electricity boards and power transmission and distribution companies, but nothing much was done.And even as wildlife activists are up in arms against the total failure to curb the rising cases of tiger killings in the state, forest minister plays cool and underplays the issue. BHOPAL: Forest department's special task force (STF) has arrested five men in connection with the death of a tiger in Dhorai area of Umaria district three days ago.It was 24th big cat to have met with an unnatural death in the state since January.The accused have been identified as Laxman Singh, 20, Rukmangal Singh alias Guddu, 35, Ramesh Singh, 33, Chandan Singh, 42 and Kaushal Singh, 22- all residents of Dhorai area.Officials said that the tiger fell victim to a live electric wire trap laid by poachers. In the past, there had been several instances of tigers and leopards succumbing to the electrical trap — a GI wire from the 11 KV or 440 KV service line pegged to a wooden pole.The forest department had done a little to check this menace despite repeated advisories from the NTCA and other departments.Perturbed by the spurt in tiger deaths due to electrocution around national parks, sanctuaries and tiger reserves, the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) — a statutory body under the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) — had in 2013 directed Madhya Pradesh government to prepare an action plan which will be funded by it.The state recorded 15 tiger deaths in 2012 and sadly in most cases, tigers fell for the electric traps laid for herbivores.NTCA, in a letter, had asked the state government to prepare an inventory of forest divisions and non-forest areas having tiger presence or history of cattle depredation due to presence of the big cats.Authority had also called for assessment of electric lines passing through these areas, including tiger reserves, in collaboration with the respective state electricity boards besides transmission and power distribution companies.


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