20 sentenced to three year jail terms for lion poaching

October 23rd, 2008 - 9:05 pm ICT by IANS  

Junagarh (Gujarat), Oct 23 (IANS) A court here Thursday sentenced 20 people, including nine women, to three years in jail for killing six lions in the nearby Gir forests - the biggest case of poaching in recent decades in the sole home of Asiatic lions.The Seventh Court of Judge P.D. Makwana found the 20 accused guilty of killing six lions - three each on March 3 and March 30 last year - and sentenced them to three-year jail terms. The court also imposed a fine of Rs.10,000 on each of them.

Twenty-one people, originally from Panna in neighbouring Madhya Pradesh, were arrested from Una village, 180 km from here, on April 6, 2007 after the carcasses of the six lions were found with various parts removed. One of the accused, a woman, died later.

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID), which was entrusted the probe, found the gang used to trap lions and kill them to retrive parts that can be sold in illegal markets for high profits.

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