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     July 12,  2015



Poachers of Kashmir markhor arrested in CGNP

By Zahiruddin

CHITRAL: The attempt of poaching Kashmir markhor in Chitral Gol National Park was foiled by the park staff and arrested them with rifles after chasing them for hours who were trying to make good their escapes.

Sub-Divisioanal Forest Officer of Shoghore Range, Iltaf Ali Shah told Chitral Timesthat two the park staff spotted two young hunters from Aucho Gol village of Lotkoh valley in Gokh Shal area of Chitral Gol National Park roaming with automatic rifles and were searching for a markhor to hunted down.

He said that he rushed to the spot and cordoned off the area to nab the poachers and nabbed them when they were leaving the park boundary contiguous with their village who were identified as Sarwaruddin and Imtiaz Ahmed.

Mr. Shah said that the poachers had not fired any shot to prey the wild goat due to the watchfulness of the watchers of the department in Gokh Shal area where the population of the markhor is concentrated in the summer season.

The alleged poachers, he said, agreed to pay the fine of 30 thousand rupees each for roaming with rifle in the national park due to which the case was compounded and no case was registered against them under the Environmental Protection and Conservation of Biodiversity Act.



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