Gang of wildlife poachers busted in K’taka

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Gang of wildlife poachers busted in K’taka

Bengaluru: The Karnataka Police’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has busted a gang of wildlife poachers, including a software professional, authorities said on Tuesday.

The arrested were identified as Byatappa Gowda, a resident of Arehalli in Tumakuru district; Vaishak from Kadehalli; and Charan, the software professional, from Bengaluru.

According to the CID Forest Cell wing, the accused were involved in poaching rabbits and wild boars.

Recently, Byatappa and Vaishak had shot a leopard and attempted to sell the animal’s nails, skin and jaws through accused Charan.

CID officers, posing as religious seers, first approached the accused techie and nabbed him. The others managed to escape initially, but they were tracked and arrested later.

The accused were arrested in Sri Ranganatha hill in Tumakuru district, where they had laid a trap for rabbits and wild boars.

They used to sell the meat and make money.


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