Tigress death: MP orders CID probe

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 17:44

Bhopal: A day after the National Tiger
Conservation Authority sought a CBI inquiry into the death of
a tigress in Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, the Madhya Pradesh
government today said it is yet to receive any communication
from the government body in this regard and has ordered a CID
probe into the incident.

"We have not yet received any communication from NTCA
seeking a CBI probe into the tigress death. We have already
ordered a CID inquiry into the case yesterday," Madhya Pradesh
Forest Minister Sartaj Singh said today.

"When we receive the NTCA`s suggestion we will look into
it...Normally CBI probe takes a lot of time...To ensure that
continuity in the investigations in the case doesn`t take a
pause, we have gone in for the CID probe," Singh said.

"We have got some clues in the case and we want to work
on it to catch the culprits as soon as possible," he said.

"We have already suspended three officials of Bandhavgarh
for allegedly being lax in performing their duties," the
minister said.

On May 19, the nine-year-old tigress died in Tala range
of Bandhavgarh. A report submitted by NTCA member secretary
Rajesh Gopal to Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh
yesterday pointed the needle of suspicion towards certain
state officials.

The post-mortem has revealed that the animal succumbed due
to severe impact of hard/ blunt object. There were no signs of
external injury or bullet wounds, the NTCA report stated
ruling out poaching.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 17:44

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