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Odisha Crime Branch STF Probes Into Murder Of Tiger In Debrigarh Sanctuary

09 November 2018

Bikash Das

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Bhubaneswar: The Special Task Force (STF) of the State Crime Branch has taken over probe of the murder of a Royal Bengal Tiger, whose carcass had been discovered inside Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary in Bargarh district on October 28.

Crime Branch ADG Santosh Kumar Upadhyay today informed that a case has been registered and a DSP rank officer of the Crime Branch has been assigned the responsibility to investigate the matter. The officer will conduct a thorough probe and pray before the concerned court to bring the accused, apprehended by forest department, on remand for further interrogation.

"Various facts published by the media in this regard has also been included in the purview of the investigation so that we can reach to a logical conclusion as entire Debrigarh area is a border area and the involvement of criminals from other districts will also be verified," Upadhyay added.

It was first speculated that the decomposed carcass found inside the forest was of a leopard. However, three poachers arrested by the forest department on November 3 confessed to killing the tiger. The accused, identified as Sushil Bhoi, Satyaban Sahu and Gauri Mirddha of Khajuria village, had been found in possession of the tiger’s paw, nail and four whiskers.

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Santosh Kumar Upadhyay, ADG, Crime Branch, Odisha