Hardwar, Feb, 23 (UNI) The carcasses of three Sambhars, allegedly killed by the manager of a farm house were found in the Shyampur Forest Range last evening, sources said.
Sambhar is an endangered species on the list of wild animals protected under schedule III of the Wildlife Protection Act of India, 1972. The divisional forest officer (Hardwar Forest Division), S P S Subudhi told UNI that a case under sections 9, 39&51 of the Wild Life Protection Act was filed in the court of the chief judicial magistrate of Hardwar today. If found guilty, the accused Sanjay, manager of the R K Herbals farm house could be sentenced to 3 years in prison, along with a fine of Rs 25,000.
The sources say that three carcasses of Sambhars were spotted while some forest personnel were scouting the forest in connection with the ongoing tiger census. After getting this information, a team of forest officials, led by the DFO, conducted raids in the nearby villages. A tractor trolley was seized and its owner, Mohan Singh was taken into custody by the forest officials. Mohan Singh has reportedly confessed that Sanjay had asked him to take the carcasses of Sambhars from his farm house and dump them in the forest.
The forest officials say that interrogations have revealed that the farm manager released electric current in the fencing of the farm house to kill the Sambhars. The post mortem report has also confirmed the death of Sambhars by electric current.
The forest sources say that the owner of the tractor trolley, Mohan Singh&one of his accomplices, Sharvan have been taken into custody, while the main accused, Sanjay, the manager of the farm house&two other accused, Babu Lal&Chhote, are still absconding.
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