Hyderabad: The sleuths of the commissioner's task force, south zone, along with forest department officials on 9 March apprehended three persons for illegally hunting and selling wild animals. They rescued a Black Buck and seized butchered parts of a deer.

The accused have been identified as Chavan Shanker Baba (36), Mohd. Zubair (26), and Mohd. Salmanuddin (27). Another accused, Imran, is absconding.

According to the police, Chavan Shanker is a farmer from Chata village under Kubeer mandal in Nirmal district. Unhappy with his farm earnings, he decided to hunt wild animals and sell them. He met Zubair, a resident of Nizamabad, who was involved in selling and purchasing deer meat and live deer.

Zubair met Salmanuddin who told him that a friend was looking for deer meat. Zubair then asked Chavan to arrange for deer meat for Salman. Accordingly, Chavan trapped two deer. Salman came to Nizamabad and purchased a live deer for Rs. 15,000. Later, he bought another live deer for Rs. 7,000 from Chavan and butchered the animal. Some of the meat was sold to Imran.

The police found that Chavan and Zubair had been involved in such offences more than 10 times. They also said that Chavan had earlier been involved in another case registered in Nizamabad under the Wild Life Protection Act.

Based on a tip-off, the south zone task force along with forest officials apprehended the three accused on Tuesday. They were handed over to the forest department police for further action.

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