Dhenkanal: Following the surge in the crime of poaching being committed and also a number of elephant deaths being reported from the district, the forest officials are now in action mode under the instructions of the Divisional Forest Officer (DFO).
As an outcome, two hunters were arrested today and wild boar meat seized from their possession by the sleuths of Muktapashi Forest Section from the Kankili Reserve Forest near Patharkhamba village under Kamakhyanagar (Western) Range in Dhenkanal Forest Division.
The two arrested persons have been identified as Bhaskar Tiria and Dabi Tiria of Kenchudi Munda Sahi hamlet in Saanda village under Parjang Police Station (PS) limits.
Muktapashi forester Chandra Shekhar Behera informed, “It has been observed that a number of hunters are illegally killing wild boars and other animals by hurling bombs or electrocuting them. Hence, we were chasing them for the last 10-15 days after being ordered by our DFO and Ranger sirs.”
He added, “Today we have been successful in arresting two such hunters and have also seized wild boar meat. We’ll keep on launching our drive and try to arrest all the hunters.”
In his reactions, arrested Bhaskar Tiria defended, “We are innocent. We haven’t hunted. The hunters had invited us to take the meat and we brought. They informed us that they had hunted seven wild boars. We’re ignorant of their method of killing. They told us that they used the method of electrocution.”
“We aren’t the hunters. We had been hired only for chopping meat. Initially, we hesitated to do so. They forced us and we were bound down. We only received Rs 200 each as wage.”