Wildlife activists accuse director of cover-up
Pioneer News Service
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Dehradoon - Wildlife activists have accused the director
of Corbett National Park of trying to cover up facts
related to suspected tiger poaching there. Based on
information procured under the Right to Information Act,
the People for Animals, Uttarakhand has written a letter
to the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF),
seeking the suspension of the director and an independent
inquiry into the anomaliesF.
On May 24, the Corbett staff had discovered meat which
was suspected of being tiger meat in the Bijrani range
along with traps, tents, ration and other articles used
by poachers. However, the Corbett authorities filed the
report of the discovery of only one trap and the recovery
of meat and other articles was not recorded.
On June 5, the officials arrested eight poachers and
filed another report recording the seizure of traps and
According to PFA Uttarakhand member secretary Gauri
Maulekhi, On June 5, the Corbett authorities recorded
the seizure of articles found on May 24. The final
investigation report filed by the Corbett officials
boasts about the efficiency of the staff preventing
poaching of tiger or leopard.
However following allegations by wildlife activists and
media reports, on June 2, the Corbett National Park
director Ranjan Kumar Mishra sent the body part of a wild
animal to the Wildlife Institute of India for DNA
analysis. In his letter to the WII director, Mishra
states that an internal organ, which appears to be the
intestine from the burnt body of any unknown wild animal,
was recovered on May 24 in Bijrani. Maulekhi questions
why the Corbett director first denied having discovered
any animal body part in Bijrani on May 24 but then states
just that in his letter to the WII.
In addition to this, the PFA had also sought a copy of
the photography and videography conducted while
recovering the poacher s equipment. Though National
Tiger Conservation Authority guidelines make it mandatory
for any such seizures in tiger reserves to be
videographed, the Corbett authorities did not it. Mishra
consistently tried to suppress correct information about
the seizures, she stressed.
Jai Maharaj, Jyotishi
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