Mulugu tiger killing: Five Guttikoyas arrested in Lingala

A tiger was allegedly killed by an inter­state gang of poachers using an electric trap in the forest area of Mulugu district on September 21.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  7 Oct 2021 4:10 AM GMT
Mulugu tiger killing: Five Guttikoyas arrested in Lingala

Mulugu: Forest officials have apprehended five Guttikoyas involved in the killing of a tiger in Mulugu forest on September 21. They were arrested during an operation in the Lingala village on October 5.

A tiger was allegedly killed by an inter­state gang of poachers using an electric trap in the forest area of Mulugu district on September 21. The incident came to light after a joint team of police and the forest staff nabbed four poachers during a vehicle checking drive.

According to police, the tiger got caught in the snare set up by poachers in a forest under Tadvai limits on September 21. Poachers later decorticated the big cat and extracted its nails. They chopped the tiger's carcass and divided it among themselves.

The four poachers decided to smuggle the remnants of the tiger to Chhattisgarh after a few days in a bid to avoid suspicion.

On October 5, Forest Range officer, Lingala, received credible intelligence about the possible whereabouts of some Guttikoyas who were involved in the tiger killed at Guttikoya hamlet.

Intensive Cordon and search operation was launched in Lingala hamlets by FDO Tadvai Shiv Aasheesh Singh, FRO Pasra Shirisha, FRO Medaram Gowtham Reddy, FRO Lingala Sathish, and other staff.

During a search, the team spotted Guttikoyas in a hutment. They were identified as Madakam Ramu, Muchaki Andha, Madakam Sathish, Kovasi Iduma, and Muchaki Rajkumar, all residents of Chintala Katapur.

The accused were involved in the disposal of tiger remains and extraction of the skin, fat from the tiger. Snares, knives, axes used in the incident were recovered. A wildlife offense case has been registered against the accused. They will be presented before the magistrate for remand.

Cordon and search operation is underway and investigation is in progress.

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