First Conviction in Karnataka for Tiger Poaching

Three poachers have been convicted and sentenced to three years imprisonment by the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court in Bangalore. The three had been arrested in an operation in 2008 for possession of tiger paws, tiger pelts and bones. The conviction is a first of its kind for the State. Though the sentence is light, conservationists are happy that convictions have finally started. For many years, arrests have made news but the culprits would eventually go scot-free. The Upparpet police station was handling the case. Areas within the Upparpet limits have become the hub for wildlife trade in the city. In 2008, 24 cases related to Wildlife Trade were registered from the area. The area has entered the National Wildlife Crime Database managed by the Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI).

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