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384 tigers killed by poachers across India in last 10 yrs, reveals RTI

For conservation of the country's national animal, the government had launched 'Project Tiger' in 1973

Press Trust of India  |  Noida (UP) 

The story of Indian tigers

A total of 384 tigers have been killed by poachers across the country in the last ten years, which translates to over three a month, a reply under the Right to Information has revealed.

Between 2008 and 2018 (till November), 961 persons have also been arrested for allegedly tigers, it said.

The information was given by the or in response to a Right to Information (RTI) query filed by Noida-based Ranjan Tomar.

Tomar, also an activist, had asked the the number of tigers killed by poachers in the last ten years and the people arrested and convicted for the same.

"As per the data available in records of the Bureau based on the information received from the and Police authorities the total number of tigers killed by poachers in the last 10 years is 384 and 961 number of poachers arrested in the cases," the reply stated.

However, the bureau said that no information was available with it regarding conviction of the accused in these cases.

"The data makes it clear that successive governments have not been able to check killing of tigers by poachers and therefore there is a need for a special initiative to conserve this wild or make changes in current laws to make them more effective else," Tomar said.

For conservation of the country's animal, the government had launched 'Project Tiger' in 1973. As per a 2014 assessment, has the highest number of tigers in the world at 2,226, according to the website of the Ministry of Environment,

First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 13:10 IST
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