Forest confirms it was Tiger killed

PTI, PANAJI | 08 February 2010 23:11 IST

The forest department has finally confirmed that the forensic reports have confirmed that
the remains collected from the jungles of state were indeed of a tiger.

Chief Conservator of Forest Dr Shashi Kumar told reporters that Dehradun based Wildlife Institute of India (WII) has confirmed that a sample matches to tiger.

"Seven samples were found of which the sixth one matched to that of tiger. Even if one matches, it proves that the animal is a tiger," the CCF said.

A Royal Bengal Tiger was killed at Keri in February last year and the incident was brought to light in April after a picture of dead tiger clicked on a mobile phone was carried in the newspaper.

The state forest department, which received the report two weeks ago, had maintained uncanny silence over it until a local English newspaper leaked the report last week.

The final report, which was received by deputy conservator of forest (North division) G T Kumar, has overruled the preliminary report. It  had raised doubts whether the animal remains found in Cashew plantation of Keri village were really of a tiger.

The environmentalists in the state had protested after the first report from WII had said that the samples do not match to that of tiger.

Dr Kumar today said that the department will decipher the report and will have detailed discussion on it to decide further course of action in this matter.

He conceded that the investigation in this sensational case hit a lull after preliminary report, which will take off now as there is a document proving that the animal killed was a tiger.

Majik community, a tribals living in keri village, were under scanner after the case. Four persons were arrested in this case, who had confessed the killing.

The state forest department's investigation had revealed that the tiger, who got wounded after being caught in the wire snares, was killed with a gun shot by villagers. A 12 bore gun and another gun, one of which was unregistered, was used to fire twice at the tiger.

He was burnt by dragging into the cashew plantation some 250 metres away from the spot, where he was put to death, the investigation unearthed.   

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