Mancherial: The tiger, whose skin was seized in Echoda on Saturday, fell victim to a live electric wire laid by poachers in Pembi Forest Range in November last, said Nirmal DFO Katta Damodar Reddy. Officials of the Forest department and C Saravanan, Field Director of Kawal Tiger Reserve (KTR) inspected the spot where the tiger was hunted in the forest beat of Pulgampandri village in Pembi mandal on Sunday..
Damodar Reddy told ‘Telangana Today’ that investigations revealed that one Alawath Munya, a native of Pulgampandri had eliminated the big cat by setting an electric trap in the forest and near a stream on the outskirts of the remote village. Munya took the assistance of his brother-in-law, Guglovath Prakash. They are habitual hunters. While Prakash has already been taken into custody, Munyal is still absconding. “Since no wounds were found on the tiger, we suspect that the carnivore might have died due to electrocution. We found a power line erected in the spot only to kill the big cat when it had come to the stream to quench its thirst. We seized the wire used for setting the trap. Efforts are on to nab Munya,” Reddy stated. The three-and-half-year-old tiger, migrated from Tadoba Andheri Tiger Reserve, in 2017, was killed in KTR, he added. DFO said that the poaching was exposed when they tried to sell the skin to a person with the help of Inge Kishan from Gourapur village in Indrevelli mandal. Munya had kept the skin with him till a few days ago. He and Prakash wanted to sell to the potential customer. They both approach Kishan who in turn reportedly contacted Sathish from Warangal and Rajendra Kumar and Chinthala Naresh of Hyderabad for disposing of the skin. It may be recalled that sleuths of Wildlife Crime Control Bureau and TRAFFIC, a voluntary wildlife trade network and officials of Forest department arrested Kishan, Prakash, Rajendra Kumar, Naresh and Y Sathish on Saturday evening. They seized the skin of the tiger in Echoda mandal..