Atram surrenders before forest officials

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Pune, Aug 28 (UNI) Former Maharashtra transport minister Dharmarao Atram, one of the accused in the Chinkara poaching case, today surrendered before the Bhor Sub-Divisional Forest Officer here.

Sub-divisional forest officer Hanumant Dhumal told UNI that ''we have recorded his statement and he is co-operating with officials.'' He said Mr Atram has submitted an application requesting that he be given one more day's time to complete his statement as he was not keeping well for the past many days.

His application was granted by forest officials. But they asked him to present before the forest officials tomorrow morning.

''Mr Atram was one of the accused in the Chinkara poaching on June 14 in Chaudharwadi village on Gulunche-Baramati road, about 50 km from here.

The former minister had earlier applied for anticipatory bail, which was however rejected by Additional Sessions Judge D P Walkar.

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