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2 forest officials arrested

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

: Two forest officials were arrested Wednesday in connection with of a (Asian antelope) in Kawal reserve, officials said.

A Deputy Forest Range in district, who was suspended for allegedly not initiating action against a poacher, who had also killed a Nilgai, had been on the run, they said.

Forest Section M A Rasheed and Forest Beat were arrested in range in district in connection with alleged "involvement in case and connivance" with local poachers in Pembi, they said.

Mohd Hafezzuddin, in-charge of Range, was Tuesday suspended for allegedly suppressing the fact and not booking case against the poachers G Prakash and others, who were involved in the killing of a Nilgai, they said.

"Hafezzudin is still absconding and evading arrest. The search is on" (to nab him), they said.

The arrest of the forest officialswas based on a detailed enquiry conductedinto the irregularities and complaintby the

These arrests would set an example and act as a deterrent in forest and wildlife offences in future, they added.

According to had killed the on December 31.

Hafezzuddin being aware of it, did not arrest the poachers or booked a case and neither intimated the matter to the as he had allegedly taken a bribe of Rs 50,000 from the poachers, officials said.

Hafezzuddin seized 10 kg meat of the wild animal and stored it in the forest quarters, he said.

Prakash was also an accused in connection with the seizure of skin at Ichoda in district on January 5, another Forest Department said, adding the male tiger had died of electrocution in Range of Kawal Tiger Reserve in November 2018

Five persons, including Prakash, were arrested in this connection, they said.

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 22:40 IST