A team of UP Police and central wildlife officials have arrested 10 alleged poachers with the remains of at least two freshly killed tigers in Bijnor district, near Jim Corbett National Park.
Skins, flesh and bones of two male tigers, said to be no more than a week old, have been recovered, police said. The tigers are believed to have been poached in Amangarh forest range in Bijnor on the UP-Uttarakhand border.
Personnel of the UP Police Special Task Force, Bijnor district police and Wildlife Crime Control Bureau arrested the alleged poachers in the Rehad police station area in Bijnor district on Monday. “We had specific intelligence about the presence of poachers. Our team, accompanied by the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau and Bijnor Police, undertook the operation to arrest them,” STF SSP Amit Pathak said.
A team of wildlife forensic experts from Gujarat has been called to help in the investigation, Pathak said.
Corbett park director Surendra Mehra said he was present when the arrests were made. “The remains were found in Bijnor’s Amangarh forest reserve which is not part of the Corbett Tiger Reserve,” he said.