Hoshiarpur, Oct 10 (UNI) Forest officials nabbed two poachers, one of them a former armyman, and seized cooked meat and parts of a wild boar, one .12 bore single barrel licenced gun and 43 live cartridges in the forest area of village Khangwari last night.
Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Hoshiarpur, Sewa Singh told media persons here today that his team, working on a tip-off, managed to catch the two poachers. One of the poachers was identified as Ex-serviceman Parveen Singh and the other was Bablu, son of Madari, a migrant labourer who was the prime accused in the case and had managed to escape.
The DFO said while on routine patrolling near Khangwari last night, they were informed by the villagers about the activities of poachers in the area.
The team promptly raided a Jhuggi (hut) of Madari and seized a freshly cooked meat of a wild boar. While Madari escaped under the cover of darkness, his son Bablu was nabbed by the department.
On the information yielded by Bablu, the patrol party later raided the house of poacher Parveen Singh and recovered a leg of the wild boar which had been killed by them.
The officials seized the ex-serviceman's .12 bore single barrel licenced gun along with ammunition, allegedly used in the poaching, the DFO said.
A case under sections 9, 39, 50 and 51 of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, has been registered against the accused, who had been handed over to the Wildlife wing of the department for further action, he added.
The offence was punishable with imprisonment for a term which extended up to 3 years and a fine of Rs 25000 under Schedule 4 of this Act, Mr Sewa Singh said.