Sunday, January 22, 2006

Panther and her cubs poisoned to death by farmer

Panther and her cubs poisoned to death by farmer


Statesman News Service

JAIPUR, Jan. 21. — To avenge the killing of his calf, a farmer poisoned a female panther and her three cubs to death. He skinned the panther before setting her on fire in an attempt to destroy the evidence. Sources said the accused Rajeev Pargi alias Raju, a resident of village Maathdi in Udaipur, used insecticide to get even with the panther.

“The accused didn’t remove the body of the calf killed by the panther and sprayed insecticide over it,” the investigating officer and forest ranger, Mr Brij Pal Singh said. So when the panther came to the spot again the next night, it ate the remaining half of the animal and died due to the poisonous insecticide,” he said. While the half-burnt carcass of the female panther has been recovered, the search is on to find the three cubs that were reportedly killed along with the panther. But Mr Singh didn’t confirm if the cubs have also been killed. Villagers handed over one cub of the same family to the forest department on Thursday.

“It may be said that they are hiding somewhere since their mother has died. A search is on,” Mr Singh said. He said the dead panther might have strayed into the village from the nearby forest range.


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