Shahjahanpur: Forest department conducted a raid in Luktaha village of Khuthar block in Shahjahanpur on Friday after receiving information of poaching of a wild animal belonging to a cat family, possibly a fishing cat or a leopard. During the raid, local women stopped forest officials from conducting raids so that men could escape from the village.
Forest department had detained two persons, including the village head, and interrogated them. This issue came to light after a local approached Khuthar police and gave complaint against his fellow villagers for allegedly poaching a leopard and mutilating its body. Pictures of the animal were also unearthed and shared with conservator of forest Pinaki Prasada Singh, who immediately directed sub-divisional forest officer MN Singh to investigate the matter. During the raid, forest officials also recovered a Khabar (net used for trapping wild animals) from the house of one of the accused.
MN Singh told TOI, “We have recovered trap from the house of one of the accused and we have filed a complaint against eight people under the Wildlife Protection Act and are trying to recover body parts of the animal killed by them. The accused are on a run but we will arrest them soon.”