Bhopal: Five persons have been detained
in connection with killing of a female leopard near the Apsara
Vihar gate of the Pachmari`s Satpura National Park three days
They were detained by the Madhya Pradesh Forest
Department officials yesterday, Satpura National Park Deputy
Ranger, M Pathak said today.
He said that three of the accused are residents of
Pachmarhi Tola area but refused to divulge their names as it
could affect further investigations.
The Forest officials were interrogating them for more
details, Pathak said.
Initially, it was found that the accused were poachers
and they had laid the trap for herbivorous animals but the
leopard got stuck in it, the Deputy Ranger said.
The investigators have recovered a cable used for
poaching and another trap near the place where the leopard was
found dead in a snare on May 22, he said.
Pathak said that the feline`s viscera has been sent
for forensic examination to Jabalpur as in the post-mortem, it
was noticed injuries on her waist and suspected that the
leopard should be killed by poachers.