Sambalpur: During the post-mortem examination, a 4-inch bullet has been recovered from the wound on the body of the ailing tusker that died on Tuesday after remaining stuck in the muck inside a pond at Sapalhara village under Padiabahal range in Sambalpur district for four days.
The Forest department has detained three persons in this connection and has seized a country-made gun, two axes and other materials from their possession.
“During the post-mortem, it was discovered that 30-40 cm deep inside the injury a bullet was embedded in the bone. The size of the bullet was around 4 inches having a diameter of 2-2.5 inches,” revealed Sambalpur DFO Vishwanath Neelannavar today.
The DFO said that following the discovery of the bullet an unnatural death (UD) case was registered and a search operation was launched in Padiabahal range.
“On the very same day of June 21, an extensive search operation was launched in Padiabahal range and on the second day i.e within 48 hours we detained three persons. During interrogation, the poacher confessed to the crime. Today we raided their houses and seized a country-made gun, two axes, wires and a rod used for stuffing the gun barrel. The accused has been caught and after further interrogation, in the evening he will be arrested,” Neelannavar said.