Tiger death case: Officials suspect involvement of two absconding farmers

Tiger death case: Officials suspect involvement of two absconding farmers

Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2016-08-25 18:00 Bengaluru: There has been no breakthrough in the probe into the death of a male tiger which was shot dead in Maddur range of Bandipur Tiger Reserve. But the needle of suspicion is pointing towards two ginger cultivators in the area, who are currently absconding.T Heeralal, Director of Bandipur Tiger Reserve and Conservator of Forest, said the culprits were “local poachers”. “They will be apprehended soon. We have some clues,” he said, adding that the poachers were residents of Bheemana Beedu village.Ginger field However, sources in the forest department said two farmers, who had taken agriculture land on lease, were under suspicion. “They are ginger cultivators from Kerala who are absconding since the day the tiger died. They have not yet returned,” sources said.When this reporter visited the spot, the farm had been abandoned and forest staff was stationed to observe the movement.Sources said that a farmer identified as Mohiddin was said to be the prime suspect. His manager, Manjunath, a local resident, is also missing since the day of the incident. Even the labourers of the farm are absconding.Officials of the tiger protection force had been frequently visiting Bheemana Beedu hamlet and the scene of crime has been cordoned off.Ranganath, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest, Mysuru, and other senior officers were on the scene inquiring into the matter. “We had never seen such a serious investigation in our lifetime,” said a senior forest staff.According to sources, the culprits were said to be regularly poaching sambars and chitals and were selling meat, skin and horns as trophies.