Satara (Maharashtra) Jul 6: Maharashtra Transport Minister Dharmaraobaba Atram may face action if any incriminating evidence surfaces following the arrest of one Suresh Beramani and seizure of chinkara bones as well as guns at his farmhouse in Panchgani.
Forest officials and police raided his farmhouse on Saturday, June 5. It may be recalled that in mid-June, two Chinkara's were killed allegedly by the State Transport Minister and his friends. Some villagers near Bhor taluka reported seeing the state minister and his friend partying after killing the animals. Police and forest officials are investigating the case.
If found guilty, the Minister and his friends will be booked under the Wildlife Protection Act as Chinkara is an endangered species.
Earlier Shiv Sena leaders demanded a CBI inquiry into the Chinkala killing and demanded the resignation of State Forest Minister Babanrao Pachpute for shielding them.