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Cops clueless on tiger killers in Arunachal
Published on 30 Jan. 2010 12:35 AM IST
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Police in West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh are still in the dark about the killers of a tiger as well as the smugglers who bought the animal’s hide. Some villagers of Numuk, a hamlet in the district, about 330km from here, had reportedly killed the tiger recently and sold its skin to smugglers from Silapathar in neighbouring Assam. According to a report in The Telegraph, a police source in the West Siang district headquarters of Aalo today said a contingent led by assistant superintendent of police Hage Lalyang were still clueless about the whereabouts of the poachers and smugglers. The local people have simply denied that such an incident had occurred in the village. Principal chief conservator of forests J.L. Singh said chief conservator G.N. Roy had been sent from Banderdewa to Numuk today after local divisional forest officer Renya Ori could not gather substantial information from the villagers, who refused to divulge facts, citing ignorance. “Considering the seriousness of the matter, we have sent Roy to Numuk village today after the local divisional forest officer’s effort to gather clues was met with resistance from the villagers. We are not satisfied with the preliminary investigation and have sent a senior official to the spot to make an in-depth investigation. The forest department will act after going through the inquiry report, which is expected tomorrow,” Singh said. He said the Wildlife Crime Control Board had instructed its cells in the Northeast to seal all transit routes to check the smuggling of animal skin to Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and other countries.

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