The Times of India. (2007, April 3). 3 detained for poaching lions. [Online]. Available: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/NEWS/India/3_detained_for_poaching_lions/articleshow/1848000.cms [2008, August 8].
India; poaching; arrest; enforcement; lions; Gir sanctuary; skins; bones; trade
Police on Monday detained a retired forest staffer and two other villagers, probably maldharis, from Babaria range of Gir forest in connection with poaching.
It has taken the killing of five lions, a cub and other wildlife in Gir sanctuary - the only abode of the Asiatic lion in the world - to finally force the Gujarat government to take some action. In the meantime, poachers, who may still be ensconced in Gir forest, have hunted, skinned and deboned five lions last month.
And while additional forces may have been finally deployed at the entry points to the sanctuary, police officials familiar with the region say that the move is likely to be ineffective as the new sentinels of the forest are unfamiliar with the terrain or guarding wildlife.
The last poaching incident was discovered on March 29. The killing took place even though forest and CID (crime) officials had been camping in the forest for at least a fortnight, looking for the accused in the poaching of March 3...