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Uttarakhand CM Rawat gives green signal for Special Tiger Protection Force in Corbett              

Dehradun: Against the backdrop of five tiger pelts being seized recently, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish
Rawat has given his nod for setting up a 112-member Special Tiger Protection Force at the Corbett Tiger Reserve and
deployment of 100 additional personnel for forest patrolling.

Clearance for constituting a Special Tiger Protection Force at Corbett was given by Rawat at a meeting with the
Wildlife Board on Wednesday, an official release said.

The Chief Minister also underlined the need for better co-ordination between the forest and police departments to
check wildlife crimes and asked their officials to hold a high level meeting every month to take stock of wildlife crimes and take measures to control them.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

Rawat's nod to setting up a Special Tiger Protection Force follows several reminders from Union Forest Minister Prakash Javadekar for constitution of a dedicated force to protect tigers and reduce instances of man-animal conflict.

Rawat also suggested that phones of wildlife criminals should be put on surveillance and their photos or sketches
should be circulated in public.

He said damaged roads in forest areas should be repaired on a priority basis to facilitate smooth patrolling.

Special Task Force of Uttarakhand Police arrested a poacher having links with an international gang of wildlife
peddlers from Shyampur area of Haridwar district on 13 March and recovered five tiger pelts and 125 kg of tiger bones from his possession.

According to the STF, it was the biggest haul of tiger pelts from the hill state, worth Rs 70 lakh in the
international market.

The arrested poacher has confessed to killing tigers in areas adjoining Corbett Tiger Reserve and Rajaji National
Park. A case was lodged against the accused under the Wildlife Conservation Act, 1972.

PTI


Updated Date: Mar 17, 2016 16:27 PM

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