Point 22 rifle with telescope.
LEH: In a sensational case of alleged poaching, the department of wildlife on Friday evening caught suspicious two persons with a point 22 rifle with telescope near Choglamsar bridge in a Santro car (JK 04B 0004) and handed them to the police alleging that the said persons were intending to poach wildlife near Sindhu Ghat where wildlife, including blue sheep, come down from the hills for water. According to the Wildlife Department, there were four people and two fled from the area as wildlife officials approached the car.
Forester Wildlife Department Tashi Tsering told media that on receiving information from their informer, the department swung into action to catch the persons intending to poach wildlife.
They were finally caught at Choglamsar in the evening and a point 22 rifle with telescope was recovered from the car and then handed over the accused persons along with the car and the rifle to the police. He further informed the wildlife warden Leh has formally lodged a complaint in this regard on Saturday with the police in Leh. The car and the rifle have been taken into the police custody and an enquiry into the case is being initiated.
In this regard Ladakh Buddhist Association (LBA) Leh on Saturday called a press conference to demand thorough enquiry into the case and punishment against those if found guilty of violating wildlife rules and intending to poach wildlife. Earlier on Saturday delegation of the LBA met Deputy Commissioner Leh and the Sr. Superintendent of Police Leh to demand thorough investigation into the case. Both the DC and the SSP have reportedly assured for a thorough inquiry and a fair investigation to the delegation.
Addressing the press conference Vice President LBA PT Kunzang alleged that police in Leh had failed to nab the culprit of Gya-Miru poaching case of 2016 in spite of recovering the carcass of the blue sheep killed by poachers. He further alleged that people roaming with riffle in a peaceful area like Ladakh itself raises many questions. PT Kunzang was accompanied by Vice President LBA Rinchen Namgyal, President LBA Youth Wing, Konchok Stag, President Women’s Wing Rinchen Angmo and executive members.
When Press Club Leh members approached SSP Leh, the police refused to disclose anything to the media on the pretext of the case being at its initial stage.
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