WILDLIFE CRIME CELL

GUGAMAL DIVISION, PARATWADA MELGHAT TIGER PROJECT

INITIATIVE BY GUGAMAL DIVISION:

A wildlife crime cell was started in Paratwada and inaugurated on 10/10/2013 by CCF Melghat Tiger Project and CCF, Terr. Amravati.

It consists of:

1. Office for ACF (Protection), Gugamal Wl Division, MTP, Paratwada
2. A Laptop and Computer for CDR data analysis
3. Online Government Massage Facility (eSMS),br> 4. Legal Forum of Advocates for free consulting
5. Video statement facility
6. Electronically surveillanced Custody Room (including Toilet-Bathroom)
7. Metal Detector, Spy video and audio instruments

The Gugamal staff has been trained in cyber cell operations. The staff has been also trained in fingerprint lifting and analysis, modus operandi of offenders. They are also trained in fire-arm weapon handling and firing.
The Gugamal Wildlife Division is also maintaining detailed bio-data of offenders. The data consist of photographs, fingerprints, ID copies, names and addresses and records of previous cases.
The division also maintains the Call Detail Records (CDR), Subscribers Data Records of poachers and smugglers.
NATURE AND EXTENT OF CRIME:
The wildlife crime has been on increase. According to a survey it is third largest smuggling business after drugs and arms.
The wildlife crime has trans-state and trans-nation nature. The recent tiger poaching that happened in Melghat has links outside state. The poachers that killed tigers were from Madhya Pradesh. The suppliers that bought tiger body parts were from Haryana and Punjab. The smugglers who further bought were from Delhi. The skin and bones then were handed over to the Tibetan and Chinese smugglers for last destination i.e. China.
Poaching syndicate consists of poor nomadic hunters as well as rich smugglers of metropolis. Most of poachers were poor tribal who got least money. The smugglers like Surajpal who was tracked by Gugamal Division was arrested with 50 lakh RS cash in Delhi.
The poachers are tech-savvy. All the offenders arrested were using mobile phones. They also switched the phones and sims as and when feared of tracking. A notorious poacher who was also wanted to CBI switched 36 mobile phones in four month period. In the end he was tracked down to Vizananagaram (A.P.) and was arrested by Gugamal Division. A cyber poacher tracked the radio collar of a tiger to know the exact location of tiger.
The offenders belong to various castes, religions and ethnicity. Recent news claimed that ULFA (Asom), Indian Mujahidin (Uttarakhand) have entered in wildlife crimes to get easy capital for terrorist activities.
1(e) WILDLIFE CRIMES OF 2013-14:
There were several poaching cases registered in wildlife wing. The analysis of CDR data was done by Gugamal Division and provided to Investigation Officer of respective case. The list of wildlife cases in which Gugamal Division played important role are as follows:

Sr. No. POR. No. DATE OF CRIME REGISTRATION NUMBER OF ARRESTS MADE RECOVERIES NATURE OF CRIME
1 10/10, Gugamal Div 04/03/2013 08 05 33000 RS CASH, IRON TRAP, WEAPONS OF CRIME Tiger poaching and smuggling of tiger body parts
2 15/24, Ghatang, East Melghat Div 29/05/2013 12 5 Weapons , Mobile
3 15/25, Ghatang, East Melghat Div 08/06/2013 -- -- -- --
4 32/13 Nagpur Div 08/06/2013 15 6 Still Trap 2nos ,mobile 2 nos.
5 123/13, WCCB, Delhi. 07/09/2013 3 5275000/- cash , Tiger bones 19 kg, Mobiles.
6 ND/7-11-2013 Snake poison 04/12/2013 2 -- -- --
7 1/1, Ghatang, East Melghat Div 21/08/2013 -- -- Leopard bones
8 5/12, Panna Tiger Reserve, M.P. Leopard case
9 49/3 Redsandal case Ngp. 07/07/2012 2 48 kg Red sandalwood Red Sandal case, Nagpur
10 615/20 Pench Tiger Resrve 06/10/2013
11 5/13 Fansad Wildlife Santury 08/10/2013 02 Truck no MH40-c-6780
12 Chandrapur Leopard case
13 07/2013 Mahabaleshwar leopard case 01/01/2013 4 Leopard skin
14 Panna Black buck case 13 12 Bore gun 4 nos, search light , bullets 46 nos. Bones. Poaching of Black Buck
15 29/5940 Akot Wildlife Division, tiger poaching case 12/03/2014 3 Leopard skin ,Mobile 2 nos
16 59/2940 Akot wildlife division, leopard skin smuggling case 12/02/2014 4 Leopard skin , Mobile 2 nos.
17 949/16 Wadsa leopard case 08/02/2014 2 mobile
18 382/9 wild bore Wadsa 3/11/2000 -- --

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