Chinkara case: Mah forest Dept questions Atram

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Mumbai, Aug 8: The Maharashtra forest department has summoned former minister of state for transport and tribal development Dharmarao Atram for recording his statement in connection with the Chinkara poaching case.

Mr Atram has to report to the Saswad office of the department, on August 11, forest department officials said here today.

The former minister had resigned from his post after his name appeared in the killing of chinkara near Chaudharwadi in Pune district on June 14, following recovery of bones and partially burnt hair of the animal from his farm house near Panchgani.

However, he had denied his involvement in the case.

The department has already arrested his close associate Mahesh Birmane and six others under section 51 of the wildlife protection act.

He has been summoned on the basis of the statements of 32 people, who were interrogated so far in this case, officials added.


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