Submitted by Kumuda on Thu, 2016-12-01 14:08 Bengaluru: The Ankola Forest department personnel have arrested a person who had severed the head and paws of a rare black panther last week. The accused is identified as Arun Mankalu Gouda (19) and is said to be a native of Nevalse village near Gundabal. According to sources, Arun who saw the injured animal waited till it breathed its last and decamped with its head and all the four paws. It may be recalled here that the panther was run over by a speeding vehicle outside the forest at Gundabal village in Ankola taluk. Grievously injured, it had crawled back to the forest. It was left to fend for itself with no water or food for several days before it was found dead on November 25. The officials were in shock when they discovered that the head and paws of the animal were severed and missing too. A complaint was registered over mutilation of the carcass. The investigation headed by deputy Range Forest Officer Yella Naik Himani revealed that Arun along with two others mutilated the carcass. The officials are now hunting for two more associates of the accused. Accordingly one of the fugitives is a habitual offender and has been booked for non-forest crime (robbery). However, the officials have refused to reveal the identity of the other two accused citing the ongoing investigation.