Chitral Police recovered hide and horn of Kashmiri Markhor
CHITRAL: Chitral police recovered the hide and horn of the
kashmir markhor from the possession of the poachers who had poached
a trophy size kashmir makhor in the Toshi-Shasha game reserve last
week and had fled the scene taking advantage of the absence of
watchers of wild department.
An official of Chitral police told Chitral Times t that the
Ahmed and Israr, two real brothers and residents of Kuju village,
confessed to their crime during the course
of investigation and indicated the spot where the parts of the
poached markhor and the automatic rifle had been concealed.
He said that the district police officer, Asif Iqbal Momand had
constituted a special team of investigation keeping in view the
gravity of the offense as the makhor had been
marked for trophy hunting this season while the accused had got
bail before arrest from a local court.
He sai that the accused were arrested and cases were instituted
against them under the sections of Protection of Wildlife Act 2015
and Pakistan Penal code for keeping illegal
Interestingly enough, the divisional forest officer, wildlife
division Chitral has charge sheeted the watcher who raided the
house of the poacher and recovered eight kilogram of meat as proof
on the basis of which cases was registered with the local police.
An inner source in the wildlife department said that the senior
watcher posted in the game reserve of Toshi-Shahsha, Muhammad Afzal,
got scot free who was absent from the place of duty at the time of
occurrence of the incident and did not chase the poachers when he
was informed soon after the poachers shot dead the animal.
The president of village conservation committee, Israr Nabi had
hailed the efforts of Chitral police for recovering the important
parts of the poached markhor and said that the senior watcher had
committed an act of criminal negligence by letting the poachers
flee the pasture without being chased. Despite repeated efforts,
the divisional forest officer, Imtiaz Hussain could not be
contacted for his comments as he had gone to Peshawar to attend an