Three Arrested for Hunting and Smuggling Wild Animal Parts in Chittapur Hill
September 15, 2023
The Chittapur range Forest Department staff apprehended three persons
involved in hunting wild animals and smuggling their skins, tusks, hair,
shells, and thorns in Chittapur Hill. The arrested hailing from
Rampurahalli village in Chittapur taluk, were identified as Hanmantha
Helavara, Bhimaraya Helavara, and Mallappa Helavara. A fourth accused,
Sayabanna Helavara from Kumbarahalli village, is currently evading capture,
and forest officials have initiated efforts to locate and apprehend him.
Acting on specific information regarding the hunting of wild animals in the
hills of Chittapur taluk and the illicit trade of animal organs, officials
from the Forest Department’s Wildlife Sanctuary conducted a raid in Rampura
village near Sannathi. During the operation, authorities discovered a
significant quantity of wildlife organs and related items in the homes of
the suspects. Seized items included boar shells, porcupine quills, mongoose
hair, otter skins, wild boar tusks, spears, bows used for hunting, clutch
wires, hunting battery torches with horns, knives, claws, traps, iron rods,
three mobile phones, and two motorcycles.
The operation was carried out by a team led by Kalaburagi Regional Deputy
Conservator of Forests, Sumeetha Kumar Patila, Assistant Conservator of
Forests, Mahmud Muneer Ahmed, Chittapur Taluk range Forest Officer,
Vijayakumar Badigera, DRFO, Gajananda, and others. The confiscated items
were estimated to be worth several lakhs of rupees.
The accused have been booked under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 for
violations related to hunting and smuggling of wildlife. Forest officials
have appealed to the public to report any instances of illegal hunting or
the sale of wild animals by contacting the Kalaburagi Regional Division
Office at 08472 256601.