Debrigarh big cat death: STF takes 4 accused on 2-day remand

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Bargarh: The Special Task Force (STF) of the Crime Branch on Tuesday took four accused persons on a two-day remand in connection with the Debrigarh big cat death.

The four accused persons were arrested for allegedly killing a Royal Bengal Tiger in Khajuria forest under Debrigarh wildlife sanctuary in Bargarh district.

Crime Branch ADG Santosh Kumar Upadhyay today informed that the investigation has been intensified into the alleged poaching of the big cat in Debrigarh.

A four-member STF team is interrogating the accused persons at the Town Police Station in Bargarh, ADG Upadhyay said.

It may be mentioned here that three of the accused poachers Satyaban Sahu, Gouri Mirdha and Sushil Bhoi were held on November 2, while another Jakira Tidu was arrested on November 4. The tiger’s paw, nail, and four whiskers were also seized from their possession.

Notably, the decomposed carcass of a Royal Bengal Tiger had been discovered inside Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary in Bargarh district on October 28. While initially it was reported to be the carcass of a leopard, later it was announced that the remains of the animal belonged to a Royal Bengal Tiger.

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