Leopard, Deer poaching case: Accused admitted of eating deer with liqour

Six accused used to visit Sanjay Gandhi National Park for fishing at Tulsi Lake

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In a recent development in Mumbai poaching case that took place at Film City in Goregaon, six accused told the Thane Forest Department officials that they not only killed a fawn but cooked its meat and had a feast inside the protected limits of Sanjay Gandhi National Park back in 2016-17.  

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According to forest department officials, all the six accused were produced before the Borivali metropolitan court, following which their forest custody was increased by two days. 

Honorary Wildlife Warden of Mumbai and Member of State Wildlife Board Mayur Kamath told Mid-Day that the accused have made a shocking confession about killing the fawn of a sambar and feasting on it. He said if such things are happening within a protected area, then the officials concerned should carry out an independent inquiry. He added that the department should increase patrolling on foot inside the park and prosecute trespassers.

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Meanwhile, the accused also confessed that they frequently visited SGNP for fishing at Tulsi Lake.

A few days ago, a Leopard and Sambar deer’s carcass was found at Dadasaheb Phalke Film City in Goregaon. Forest officials declared it as a poaching case as 11 nails of leopard and head of Sambar deer were found to be missing.

The carcass was found in the distance of 100 metres of the set of Hindi TV serial Karna Sangini, on Monday. Leopard was reportedly 4-years-old.

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