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Gaurav Jain, Gaurela-Pendra-Marwahi. Within 18 hours, the Forest Department has succeeded in arresting the accused who cut off the claws, nails and genitals of the dead bear. Action is being taken against the accused under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 and action is being taken to present the challan in the court. Also read: ED ACTION: Enforcement Directorate seized 15 immovable properties of Dr. Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust.

Two days ago, it was reported that a male cub bear, aged about 5 months, had died on a hill in the forests of Latakoni Khurd complex of Marwahi forest range of Marwahi forest division. In the post mortem, the bear was found to have died due to dog attack, while both its front toes, nails of its back foot and genitals were found missing. After post-mortem, the bear was cremated in the presence of forest officials.

On the other hand, the forest staff had called a team of dog squad from Jungle Safari Raipur to arrest the unknown criminals who were taking away the body parts of bears. Within 18 hours of the incident, the accused Ayodhya alias Adesh s/o Sakhan Yadav, Amrit Lal s/o Ter Singh Gond and Bhav Singh s/o Dhirpal Gond – all three residents of Latkonikhurd were arrested.

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During interrogation, the accused admitted to keeping both the front toes, the nail of the back foot and the private parts of the dead bear. The ax used in the incident has been seized and the accused are being further interrogated. Action is being taken against the three accused under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 and action is being taken to present the challan in the court.

Used for sorcery

Let us tell you that the teeth and nails of wild animals like bear and lion are used for witchcraft. As far as the bear is concerned, the superstition that tying its teeth and hair around the neck of sick children to cure them still persists. This is the reason why people even kill bears for teeth, nails and hair.